Posted on 06/16/2013, 9:23 am, by mySteinbach

Premier Greg Selinger and Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau presented 10 outstanding Grade 12 students with the Premier’s Healthy Living Award for Youth, including Niverville student Jodi Ruchkall, at a ceremony at the Legislative Building.

“Every one of these students has shown dedication and commitment to make their schools and communities better,” said Selinger. “We want to commend their efforts and encourage others to follow their lead, as they demonstrate the future of Manitoba is in good hands.”

This year’s recipients of healthy living awards are:

  • Kylie Bard, Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Winnipeg;
  • Rachel Ashley Byrka, Miami School, Miami;
  • Janelle Chilton, River East Collegiate, Winnipeg;
  • Nicole Kinglsey, Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School, Dauphin;
  • Alexa Lecomte, St. Mary’s Academy, Winnipeg;
  • Rhiannon McConnell-Hore, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute, The Pas;
  • Rebecca Reis, Vincent Massey Collegiate, Winnipeg;
  • Jodi Ruchkall, Niverville Collegiate Institute, Niverville;
  • Claire Russell, Vincent Massey Collegiate, Winnipeg; and
  • Yushi (Wendy) Wang, Kelvin High School, Winnipeg.

Each participant received a medal, certificate and letter of congratulations from the premier for their achievements.

“It is great to see the energy and enthusiasm of students like these and they are role models for their peers and all Manitobans,” said Rondeau. “These young people are leading the way for their generation to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Offered through Manitoba’s Healthy Schools Initiative, the Premier’s Healthy Living Award for Youth has recognized more than 30 Manitoba youth for their volunteer contributions in areas such as active living, healthy eating, healthy sexuality, mental health promotion, safety and injury prevention, substance use and addiction, and tobacco reduction.