Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil do­nates to Labrador Straits Academy Best Bud­dies chap­ter

Funds will help send stu­dents to lead­er­ship con­fer­ence in Ot­tawa

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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.

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