HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Honoured at Creating Safe Spaces Breakfast

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Edmonton, AB: The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Awards. The honourees were officially recognized by Safe and Caring and the Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Human Services and Honourary Chair of Safe and Caring, at the 8th Annual Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Says David Rust, Director of Community Partnerships at Safe and Caring: “It is important that we recognize the HEROES in our communities, not only for their value as contributors to a better world, but also for the impact of their inspiration that can create a movement of champions who work towards creating safe and caring environments for Alberta’s children and youth.”

The 2014 winners of the HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Award are:

  • The Youth Impact Award | Northern Alberta was presented to Rohan Nuttall, for untiring commitment to intergenerational collaboration, social justice and youth advocacy and engagement. Rohan recently directed “Through My Eyes,” a documentary on youth homelessness that captures the perspectives and stories of Edmonton’s homeless and formerly homeless youth, and ends with a call to action to seek out lasting solutions to the issue.
  • The Youth Impact Award | Southern Alberta was presented to Mackenzie Murphy of Airdrie, Alberta. Having experienced bullying and its negative impacts herself, Mackenzie seeks to speak for all teens that suffer from in-person and cyberbullying. In addition to successfully advocating for an Anti-Bullying By-law in her hometown of Airdrie, Mackenzie has worked with the Amanda Todd Legacy, the Kids Help Phone Alberta and schools across Canada to raise awareness of the importance and value of healthy relationships.
  • The School Impact Award was presented to Fultonvale Junior High School of Elk Island Public Schools for their visionary implementation of restorative practices. Fultonvale staff use sharing circles, positive language and restorative conflict resolution to build, sustain and, when necessary, repair healthy and respectful relationships in their school community.
  • The Campus Impact Award was presented to Nicholas Diaz and Linh Lu from the Landing for their implementation and promotion of gender neutral washrooms on University of Alberta campus, as well as their efforts to promote gender equity and advocate for safety and acceptance for gender and sexual minority students on campus.
  • The Collective Impact Award was presented to the Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) for their collaborative efforts – headed by Alberta Education, Alberta Human Services and Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area – to increase access to mentoring for the children and youth in Alberta. Through their support of mentoring, AMP strives to help improve peer and family relationships, and help Alberta’s youth develop the confidence, self-esteem and social skills they need to be health and engaged members of society.
  • The Provincial Impact Award was presented to representatives of the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction on behalf of recipient His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, OC OMM AOE MSC CD LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and founder of the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle. His Honour was recognized for decades of social and humanitarian service, as well as his dedication to reducing the stigma of mental illness and helping those suffering from mental illness and addiction.

For more information about each of these honourees, you can visit the Safe and Caring website at: http://safeandcaring.ca/heroes-safe-caring-world-award/.

Safe and Caring also wishes to recognize Pixel Blue College, another community hero that generously pledged $100,000 to a Safe and Caring Collaborate and Create Scholarship for youth. This scholarship will be distributed to young Albertans interested in sharing their own experiences, and the experiences of other youth, through a career in digital media and communication. The announcement of the Collaborate and Create Scholarship received a standing ovation at the Creating Safe Space Breakfast.

About Safe and Caring

The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (Safe and Caring) is a not-for-profit organization which builds community capacity to prevent bullying and violence against children and youth through the promotion of healthy relationships. As a centre of excellence, Safe and Caring fosters effective networks and partnerships to improve the quality of life for all of Alberta’s children and youth. For more information about Safe and Caring, visit www.safeandcaring.ca.

About Pixel Blue

Pixel Blue College is Canada’s leading digital post secondary institution, offering a unique education experience in all digital media. Pixel Blue College offers seven full-time Alberta Advanced Education licensed diploma programs. All programs focus on creating graduates with the knowledge needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace. With small class sizes, industry trained instructors, 24-hour access and dedicated equipment, students get the most personalized attention.

Pixel Blue Studio specializes in 3D and 2D animation, visual effects, branding and identity development and web design.  Pixel Blue Studio offers the next level in design and production services.  Pixel Blue offices and campus is located in the heart of Downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

About the HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Award

Each year during National Bullying Awareness Week, Safe and Caring recognizes individuals and organizations committed to creating safe, caring, healthy and inclusive schools and communities. Learn more about the award and each of the honourees at www.safeandcaring.ca/heroes-safe-caring-world-award.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Meaghan Trewin
Communications Coordinator, Safe and Caring
780.822.1503 | mtrewin@safeandcaring.ca

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