McGuinty Government Creates New Award To Honour Girls Who Are Community Leaders

    "Leading Girls, Building Communities" Award Recognizes Exceptional

    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is launching a new
provincial award called "Leading Girls, Building Communities" to recognize the
contributions of young girls in communities across Ontario, Minister
Responsible for Women's Issues Sandra Pupatello announced today.
    "We are launching this award today in celebration of International
Women's Day, which is a global day to inspire and celebrate the
accomplishments of women and girls," said Minister Pupatello. "Recognizing
young women's contributions in Ontario is a perfect way both to celebrate this
day and to empower our young women to become the leaders of tomorrow."
    The award recognizes young women, aged 18 years and under, who
demonstrate exceptional leadership to improve the lives of others and champion
issues that lead to positive social change in their schools, communities or
province. MPPs are invited to nominate young women for the award from their
ridings. The award recipients will receive a Certificate of Recognition from
the Government of Ontario.
    "I am pleased that our government has launched this award to recognize
exceptional girls doing exceptional work in our communities," said
Parliamentary Assistant to Minister Responsible for Women's Issues and MPP for
London North Centre Deb Matthews. "The award is a great way to encourage young
women to continue their good works and leadership into adulthood, and to
inspire other young women to make a positive difference."

    Award recipients will include young women who:

    -   Encourage others to tackle non-traditional challenges and careers and
        to break down barriers to success
    -   Champion issues that contribute to positive social change, including
        equity, inclusion, diversity, reduction of discrimination,
        involvement in the political process, and violence-free initiatives
    -   Are a positive role model by providing leadership, guidance,
        mentoring, and/or coaching to others.

    Other government initiatives that recognize and empower Ontario girls

    -   Sport and Empowerment of Females provincial conference, which brought
        together leaders from all parts of the community to share ideas on
        how to engage and empower women and girls through sport
    -   Equality Rules public education campaign, which teaches youth ages
        eight to 14 about healthy, equal and respectful relationships to help
        break the cycle of violence before it starts. For more info, visit .

    "Key to building strong, safe communities is encouraging Ontarians to
participate in making their communities a great place to live," commented
Pupatello. "I look forward to giving out the award to its first recipients so
that they can serve as role models and inspirations to girls across the

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For further information:

For further information: Phil DeMont, Minister's Office, (416) 325-6706;
Karen Ras, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7012

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