Cause for Ap­plause

Feel­ing pride in a young girl’s award-win­ning mes­sage

More of Our Canada - - Contents - by Madeleine Pel­letier, Beause­jour, Man.

In Novem­ber 2017, the Man­i­toba Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion in­vited stu­dents in Grade 1 to 6 to sub­mit a photo, para­graph or poem ex­plain­ing why they feel hu­man rights are im­por­tant. My ten-year-old grand­daugh­ter, Phoenix, won the con­test and was in­vited to light the can­dle that opened the awards cer­e­mony in Win­nipeg on De­cem­ber 7, as well as read her para­graph.

Phoenix is in Grade 5 and at­tends White­mouth School in White­mouth, Man. I wanted to share her words with Our Canada read­ers, as I be­lieve that if a young girl can show such wis­dom, there is hope for the fu­ture in our great coun­try. I am very proud of her and hope her words touch your hearts as they have mine. ■

CER­E­MONY PHOTO BY RAN­DALL HYRA, COUR­TESY OF CLIP­PER WEEKLY NEWS­PA­PER

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