TORONTO, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - After a nationwide search, three
inspiring Canadians have been named the winners of the smartgirls challenge, a contest developed by glacéau smartwater and Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl initiative in partnership with two-time Olympic champion Jennifer
Heil. The contest was launched in an effort to raise awareness of the Because I am a Girl initiative, a global movement for social change that invests in girls to help
eliminate global poverty and claim a brighter, safer future for girls.
From February through April 2011, Canadians 16 years old and up were
invited to submit an essay explaining how they've made a difference in
the lives of girls and women either domestically or abroad. After
receiving hundreds of submissions, an esteemed judging panel that
included Jennifer Heil and Melissa Grelo, co-host of Toronto's CP24
Breakfast selected the three winners from the large group of worthy
Christy Smith from Victoria, British Columbia, Caroline Smeenk from
Oakville, Ontario and Kama Money from Port Alberni, British Columbia
will join Jennifer Heil on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Rwanda this
August to help celebrate the completion of a new school for girls.
"I am so excited to be a part of this initiative," said smartgirls
winner, Christy Smith. "I have worked to make a difference for girls
and women in my community and this opportunity will allow me to see how
I might be able to extend these efforts to another part of the world."
Jennifer Heil will be accompanying the winners in Rwanda this August.
"Having been part of the judging panel, it was inspiring to see how
young Canadians are taking action, both locally and globally to improve
the lives of women and girls."
Meet the smartgirls challenge winners:
Christy Smith (Victoria, BC)
Christy is a talented graphic designer who is committed to empowering
women to speak out against sexual violence. A survivor of sexual
assault herself, Christy creatively raised awareness and funds for the
Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre through her own t-shirt designs
along with collecting pledges to run a half marathon. Through these
continuing efforts, Christy aims to educate women and young girls about
the importance listening to their instincts, of protecting themselves
and saying no to unwanted sexual attention.
Caroline Smeenk (Oakville, ON)
Caroline is just 17 years old and has already dedicated years to
community service, bettering the lives of girls at her high school and
in her community. As the co-president of her school's "Young Women in
Leadership" counsel, Caroline is making a difference through extensive
volunteering and is thrilled to have the opportunity, through the smartgirls challenge to see first-hand the change Because I am a Girl has brought to girls in Rwanda.
Kama Money (Port Alberni, BC)
Kama is a passionate and driven high school teacher who is focused on
educating and empowering her female students and improving the lives of
girls around the world. From one-on-one education sessions with
at-risk teen girls in her Port Alberni, BC community to volunteering
with mothers in Kenya, Kama is an inspiring smartgirl.
For more information on the smartgirls challenge or to learn more about the winners as they prepare for their
journey to Rwanda please visit: www.smartwatercanada.ca/smartgirl.
About glacéau smartwater
glacéau smartwater is the purest tasting water that provides hydration you can
feel. smartwater starts with municipal water that has been
vapour-distilled to remove all impurities with minerals added for great
taste. sold at select retailers across canada ($1.99 for 591ml and
$2.59 for 1L) smartwater provides a convenient way to get more of the
hydration needed throughout the day. for more information, visit www.smartwatercanada.ca.
About Plan Canada
Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people
around the world to support social justice for children in developing
countries. Founded in 1937, Plan is now one of the world's oldest and
largest international development agencies, working in partnership with
millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for
profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has
only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. For more
information, visit plancanada.ca. The Because I am a Girl initiative is Plan's global campaign to claim a brighter, safer future
for girls. For more information visit becauseiamagirl.ca
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