Nominations being sought for the 2018 Great Kids Award

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
November 12, 2017 - 10:29am

ALBERTA - If you're a parent, teacher or peer of someone who you think is a great kid, you may want to nominate them.

The Great Kids Award, an initiative put on by the provincial government, recognizes children and youth between the ages of five to 18 for making positive contributions while facing difficult circumstances.

Laura Fedoriw, a Communications Advisor with Children's Services, says nominations can be made across the province, and last year they received 110 nominations

"Last year's winners included a child who mentored others with vision loss while being visually impaired, and a child who helped his classmates better understand cancer while experiencing the disease at a young age."

Only two weeks remain until the nomination deadline of November 24, and Fedoriw touched on the criteria they use for determining whether someone qualifies for a Great Kids Award.

"We're looking for nominees who display their personal leadership or sense of initiative," she continued. "A few other things we look for include their perseverance to accomplish something while experiencing life's challenges, or the impact on their own life or community due to their contributions."

A nomination should include a written document of why the nominator believes the nominee qualifies, as well as two letters of support.

Sixteen children and youth from around Alberta will be recognized at the 18th Annual Great Kids Award ceremony in spring 2018.

Last year's winners included 9-year old Jordyn White Quills of Lethbridge. Quills won for her perseverance, and sense of self-worth despite growing up with little support and moving homes a number of times, according to a her award biography.

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