The Dawson Creek Sunrise Rotary club received a Peace Builders Award for their commitment to bring peace into the world..
The club received this award for its impact on our local youth, and helped provide future opportunities for young Canadians to have a positive impact, and be change makers going forward. Locally the Rotary club has several youth initiatives, one being Rotary adventures in human rights.
This program sends them to the National Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg. Tours of the Museum last 3-4 days learning about the human right events around our country and world.
In 2018 local student Cassidy Shaw was sent to Winnipeg with the program.
The experience really had an impact on her as now she is studying to become a human rights lawyer. Shaw wants others to experience this trip as well and came back to the club with an idea to potentially inspire others to become change makers.
The idea was to help send more children to the human rights museum. “I was given the opportunity to have my vision come to life, this trip created lasting friendships and sparked my passion for human rights activism. I owe this to the Rotary club.”
With the support of the club and some intensive planning from Tamara Larson, Rotary district youth chair and Michelle Rolls from South Peace Secondary, they were able to send 15 local high school students back to the human rights museum in February 2019.
Rolls, who accepted the award in Edmonton, AB says “it was such a huge honor that this award was created for us and I am humbled to have accepted it.” Tamara Larson comments “seeing the learning and watching these young leaders implement their action plans has inspired me to integrate this powerful leadership program into all that we do as Rotary District 5370.”
This has turned into a national program with the National Human Rights Museum, and they will be helping fund annual trips to youth across the country. What an accomplishment!