Digby high school student a recipient of Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award

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Mikya Francis, a student from Digby Regional High School, is among 68 students in the province is a recipient of a Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award.

Mikya Francis, a student from Digby Regional High School, is among 68 students in the province who will be receiving a Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award at a Feb. 26 reception at Government House.

The award that she and other students from across the province are receiving recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces, where bullying behaviour is not accepted, and respectful and responsible relationships are promoted.

Francis is an active member of her school and community, sitting on multiple committees including the Gay-Straight Alliance, Me to We committee and Sexual Violence against African Nova Scotian Women.

She was chosen to represent Me to We Tri-county to go to Ghana and will be headed there in March 2014.

She is also a member of the Nova Scotia Secondary Student Association, a leadership conference where skills about being good leaders are explored. She is also a member of the SHYFT youth board – SHYFT is a homeless shelter in Yarmouth.

Francis been chosen to represent her classmates in the Peer Leaders Network. She stands up for what she believes in and seeks to make positive changes in her school, local community and internationally.

Francis is one of two students from the Tri-County Regional School Board selected to receive the award. The other is Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School student Janell Stewart.

Promoting healthy living with a community garden, creating anti-bullying committees, raising awareness about the value of cross-cultural diversity, and championing inclusivity in the classroom are some of the initiatives Nova Scotia students are using to promote respectful citizenship.

"I was impressed by the recipients' passion and dedication to making their schools, communities and the province safe and accepting places," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. "These students are the leaders of tomorrow, but they have started to make a difference today. Their work is to be commended and they are very deserving of this honour."

Public schools, the Mi'Kmaw Kina'matnewey Board, and home schooled students who are registered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development or enrolled in private school could make nominations.

Of the 126 students nominated for the award, 68, both individual and as teams, were selected for 16 awards, two for each school board in the province. They were chosen by an advisory committee of representatives from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Nova Scotia School Board Association, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations and La Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

The full list of recipients of the award, and hometown, are:

-- Trenton Ward, Glace Bay

-- Riverview High School Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Coxheath, Cape Breton

-- Caleb Talbot, Port Hawkesbury

-- The Green Team, Guysborough

-- Ella Webster, Bible Hill

-- Riley MacEachern and Allison Ellis, Truro

-- Grace Whebby, Dartmouth

-- Erin Brown, Dartmouth

-- Douah Shakshuki, Wolfville

-- Stephen Bennett, Middleton

-- Robyn Whynot, Liverpool

-- Lunenburg County RCMP Youth Advisory Committee, Lunenburg

-- Janell Stewart, Yarmouth

-- Mikya Francis, Digby

-- Adele Orovec, Halifax (CSAP)

-- Lauren Ead, Halifax (CSAP)

For more information, visit http://antibullying.novascotia.ca/ns-lieutenant-governors-respectful-citizenship-award .

Organizations: Gay-Straight Alliance, Digby Regional High School, Government House Nova Scotia Secondary Student Association Department of Education and Early Childhood Tri-County Regional School Board Halifax Nova Scotia Teachers Union Nova Scotia School Board Association Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations The Green RCMP

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Ghana, Nova Scotia Dartmouth Lunenburg County Glace Bay Coxheath Cape Breton Port Hawkesbury Liverpool

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