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Birds Hill students honoured

Posted: July 11, 2017

Birds Hill Students Honoured

The desire by seven Birds Hill School students to make a difference for others paid off in a big way for numerous charities, and the students themselves were recognized with a Manitoba Teachers Society Young Humanitarian Award.

Mackenzie Anderson, Livia Delarosa, Rhyann Miller, Isabella Nazarewich, Katie Posthumus, Kate Tustin and Carter Wiebe were presented at the 20th annual MTS Young Humanitarian Awards at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg on May 24.


The girls opened the Dog House Canteen, aptly named after the school's Bulldog sports teams, in 2016 as a way to raise money for victims of the Fort McMurray wildfires.

Birds Hill School Grade 5 teacher Krista Wasney said they sold a variety of snacks at the canteen, for a dollar each, and have been able to help Fort McMurray and several other good causes.

"We saw (this) as an opportunity to make a difference for others," Wasney said.

"We have donated over $2,500 to a variety of charities, (including) Canadian Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, Christmas Cheer Board, Children's Hospital of Manitoba and Spirit of Hope Rescue."

Radio personality Ace Burpee hosted the awards night, and the girls were presented with personalized framed certificates and a medal.  The Dog House Canteen received $1,000 to continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

Wasney said the girls have been inspired to continue their good work.

"It makes us feel good because we know we have made a difference in the lives of other people," Wasney said.

The Birds Hill students were one of four groups who received this year's award.

MTS president Norm Gould called the students "compassionate" in the society's magazine.

"These kids have beautiful humanitarian hears and they represent the good in public school students all across Manitoba," Gould said.


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