15-year-old Megan Phillips from Elk Point has been named one of this year’s 16 winners of the Alberta Great Kids Award.
The award recognizes young people across the province who are strong leaders and role models in their communities. It was introduced in 1999 to celebrate kids who help, inspire and change the lives of others.
Phillips’ biography on the award’s website is glowing: “Megan is dedicated to doing well in her studies and often volunteers to lead a project despite the time commitment. Megan does her work with a smile and inspires others to get involved. She excels at fairly voicing her opinion on what is right in an open and collaborative way and takes charge to create or be part of school events. She is bright, positive and committed. Megan consistently goes out of her way to interact with those who might not feel accepted. She does not need to be coached or mentored to do these things; she just does what comes naturally to her. She’s got the knack for being responsible and flexible at the same time, a recipe for success.”
Megan says she didn’t even know she had been nominated. “We got a call from the government of Alberta and I was like “Oh, This is probaly for my parents,” so I took the phone to them and they asked for me and they told me I won Great Kid Award and I was like “What?””
A ceremony was held this weekend for the winners. They received a night’s stay at the Fantasyland Hotel, passes to attractions at West Edmonton Mall, and a trophy from the Ministry of Human Services. Every winner also got a new iPad.