Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant will recognize young people across the province who show outstanding leadership and commitment to fostering inclusive environments in their schools and communities with a new lieutenant governor’s award.
“Young people in Nova Scotia are demonstrating exceptional leadership in their efforts to address bullying within their communities,” said Lt.
-Gov Grant. “The Respectful Citizenship Awards will recognize these efforts and provide an opportunity to thank the recipients for their contribution to developing a more caring and inclusive society.”
Details of the award were announced today, Aug. 16, by Lt.-Gov. Grant at the Speak Up! Anti-Bullying Leadership Conference.
“Broad societal change is necessary to address the root causes of bullying and cyberbullying and make real change,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex. “Our children and youth can bring about this culture shift by showing that bullying is not acceptable today or tomorrow. The lieutenant governor’s new award supports this change by offering an opportunity to praise and recognize the leadership and work of youth.”
There will be two awards for each school board, one for a young person, and another for a team of two or more, who have developed a project or activity that promotes safe and inclusive spaces in their school and/or community.
Nominees must be a registered student in Nova Scotia, from grades Primary to 12. Nomination forms will be circulated in schools and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will co-ordinate the award. Recipients will be chosen by an independent selection committee.
Lt.-Gov. Grant will present the inaugural Respectful Citizenship Awards on National Anti-Bullying Day, Feb. 27. Recipients will receive a pin and certificate and their school will get a certificate.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Awards is the first award established by Lt.-Gov. Grant since his installation in April 2012.