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Chelmsford teen lauded for exceptional leadership

Vanessa Morris - Leading Girls, Building Communities Award Recipient

Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas presents Vanessa Morris with the Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Award. They are pictured with school officials.

 

Vanessa Morris, a Grade 10 student at École secondaire catholique Champlain (Chelmsford), was recently presented the Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Award by Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas on behalf of the province.

The Leading Girls, Building Communities Recognition Award from the Ministry of Status on Women acknowledges and celebrates women and girls who demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their communities through volunteer work.

The teen currently represents Grade 10 students in her school’s student parliament and she is a youth adviser on the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Patient and Family Advisory Committee.

Vanessa is also one of the student representatives at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario’s (CSCNO) sectorial tables. She was selected to participate in SHAD’s 2018 summer enrichment program and was selected as a member of the Ontario Ministry of Education Minister’s Student Advisory Council.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa when she was in Grade 8 and served as a page in the legislative assembly of Ontario for three weeks,” Gélinas said in a news release.

“She is an impressive young woman who’s always eager to get involved and help others. I believe she truly deserves the Leading Girls

The Ontario Ministry of Education Minister’s Student Advisory Council consists of 60 members who share their ideas on ways to further enhance Ontario’s public education system. They also offer advice, particularly as it pertains to the ministry’s efforts to strengthen student commitment.

Vanessa plans to attend university with hopes of becoming a doctor.

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