HSD students Kiana Friesen and Madison Gigolyk were recently awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for their community service as members of the Kleefeld School SHOC social justice team. During the last school year, SHOC (Students Helping Other Communities) raised $10,000 for a school in Ghana through the Free the Children organization.
Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. The award also highlights the fine example set by these volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are so much a part of our Canadian character.
The award’s emblem represents Canadians who selflessly give of their time and energy to others. The maple leaf symbolizes the people of Canada and their spirit; the heart depicts the open-heartedness of volunteers; and the outstretched hand portrays boundless generosity. The blue and gold colours, which appear on the vice-regal flag, indicate the award’s connection with the Governor General.
Presenting the award was Craig Keilburger, co-founder of Free the Children.