NunatuKavut Community Council donates to Labrador Straits Academy Best Buddies chapter
Funds will help send students to leadership conference in Ottawa
LANSE AU LOUP, NL – A donation from the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) will help students from Labrador Straits Academy travel to Ottawa next month for the annual Best Buddies Leadership and Development Conference.
The NCC provided the local chapter with a contribution of $3,325.
Students with and without special needs from Labrador Straits Academy will learn tangible leadership skills at the event that will help build inclusion and anti-bullying throughout the school.
The Best Buddies conference is held in eight cities across the country with over 500 students expected to attend.
Steven Pinnock, the organization’s executive director, said Labrador Straits Academy has made a big impression on him.
“Labrador Straits Academy started off as a small Best Buddies chapter but today is doing great,” he said in a news release.
“This chapter ranks among the top 20 Best Buddies chapters in the country. It shows that inclusion is important, in all parts of Canada.”
NCC president Todd Russell is pleased the Labrador Straits Academy Best Buddies chapter continues to bring energy and initiative to the school.
The NCC’s donation will be added to funds the chapter raised in anticipation of the conference.
Best Buddies Canada is a national charity that helps foster friendships between individuals with special needs.
There are volunteers in over 450 universities, colleges, high schools, and elementary schools across Canada.
Through the organization, students with special needs are given the opportunities to enjoy the same experiences many people take for granted, such as going to the mall or watching a movie.