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Lt. Governor to Present Prairieaction Youth Award to Prairie South GSA

The Prairie South Gay Straight Alliance is set to receive the Prairieaction Youth Leadership Award as well as $3,000 at a presentation with Saskatchewan’s Lieutentant Governor at Moose Jaw Pride’s Charity Luncheon next Tuesday.

Lisa Broda, Chair of the Board for the Prairieaction Foundation, said that the Prairie South GSA was chosen to receive this award for a number of reasons including their work to create more inclusive communities, reducing bullying and working with smaller communities.

“The Prairie South GSA has demonstrated outstanding leadership at making their homes, schools and communities safer and by creating awareness for the LGBT community as well,” Broda said.

As the honorary patron of the Praireiaction Foundation, Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, will attend the Pride Week charity luncheon to present the awards.

As the recipients of the 2016 Moose Jaw Pride Community Service Award, youth from the Prairie South GSA will also be speaking at the luncheon. This Sunday, the 2017 recipient of this award was revealed to be St. Andrew’s United Church for their work in becoming an LGBT+ affirming congregation.

Cheryl Petlak, a teacher a Peacock Collegiate who helps facilitate the Prairie South GSA, said it is an honour to be part of positive change and that the group will be empowered by this award.

In only its second year, the Prairie South GSA has made significant strides in creating safer and more welcoming schools and communities for gender and sexual diversity. From organizing school-based Pride Week activities to working with rural students in the division, the student-led group has been hard at work.

“Our GSA is now woven into the fabric of the school and is a part of Learning Together,” Petlak said.

According to Petlak, former students visiting Peacock and Central schools have been impressed with the increased visibility of and support for LGBT+ students through the Prairie South GSA’s safe space poster campaign.

The Prairieaction Foundation is a tri-province organization covering Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, with the goal of “Supporting Solutions to Violence and Abuse.” The organization emerged as a response to the 1989 Montreal Massacre where 14 women were killed because of their gender.

According to Broda, this is the first year of Prairieaction’s Youth Leadership Awards and the organization has been truly impressed with the applications they have received. Prairieaction will be putting out another call for nominations this fall with the goal of empowering youth to find creative solutions to violence and abuse.

The awards luncheon, happening on Tues. May 2 at 12pm at St. Andrew’s United Church, is open to the public and tickets can be reserved by contacting joe@moosejawpride.ca or purchased online at: www.moosejawpride.ca/events

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