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Two Charles Spencer High School students received the Governor General's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers at WE Day

October 17, 2018
Charles Spencer High School is proud to announce that two grade 12 students, Kaydence Redding and Grace Stephenson, have been recognized by the Governor General of Canada for their volunteer efforts as part of the Maverick Movement at Charles Spencer High School. Kaydence and Grace will be Grande Prairie’s newest recipients of the National Medal for Volunteers.

Kaydence and Grace received their award from Craig Kielburger, founder of the WE Charity and the WE Day Movement at a special breakfast ceremony during the provincial WE Day event held in Edmonton on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

As noted on the Governor General of Canada’s website, this prestigious medal is given to “[A]ny living person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad…”

Grace and Kaydence are true Mavericks; their dedication and commitment to volunteering for local and global causes is astounding – with several hundreds of hours volunteered, and over $30,000 raised for local and global causes, they are students who would never think they deserve an award of this magnitude, nor would they need one to validate what they have done. We are confident these young women will continue to make a significant impact in our local community and the world for the rest of their lives. 

Kaydence is an inspired and determined risk taker, who sees every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow. She pushes herself to be the best person she can be and to do things because it is the right thing to do regardless of the repercussions. At Charles Spencer, she started a Meatless Monday initiative to bring awareness and reduce water consumption. Her passion for social justice issues has spread to many people around her. She dreams to be an educator one day to make a difference, but already her impact is immense and immeasurable.

Grace exudes positive energy and treats everyone with dignity and compassion. She is forward thinking, eager for change and passionate about environmental sustainability. She started a composting program at Charles Spencer to reduce waste and then used the project to help students with disabilities learn the Science curriculum. Grace thinks holistically and is dedicated to service above self. She is someone who will alter the social landscape of our future.

Media: Any media are interested in interviewing these two young achievers to please contact Mr. Mohammad Haidar, Communications Officer at the Grande Prairie Public School District, at 780-830-6422.

About the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers: Passion, dedication and a commitment to community are the driving forces behind the volunteers who receive the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.

The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. They embody the caring country we aspire to build.

Any living person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible. Candidates must have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism. The Medal is awarded to individuals only, not to groups or couples. Living non-Canadians are also eligible if their contributions have brought benefit or honour to Canadians or to Canada. There are no posthumous awards.
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About Craig Kielburger and WE Day: Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service-learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. 
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About Charles Spencer High School: Charles Spencer High School is a grade 9-12 school in the Grande Prairie Public School District that offers comprehensive programming from the Alberta Education curriculum, including a number of locally developed courses chosen to appeal to student learning needs and interests.

Our offerings also include French Immersion programming, as well as The Academy, which offers passion-based programming in Hockey, Soccer, Dance and Golf. Charles Spencer also offers Knowledge and Employability (K&E) programming and Innovative Support Classrooms (ISC).  Off-campus opportunities are available to our students through Work Experience, Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) and Dual Credit opportunities which provide students the ability to earn both high school and post-secondary credits at the same time.

Education at Charles Spencer focuses on learning with a context or purpose, developing a broad range of competencies in addition to the acquisition of knowledge, encouraging and developing student voice, and enabling our students to utilize technology effectively.

As a result, our collective goal for our students is that they leave Charles Spencer High School with experiences that allow them to both identify their goals in life and provide them with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to make them a reality. Our teachers and students are actively engaged in positively influencing the local and global communities in which they live.

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