Grade 11 École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur student Mélanie-Rose Frappier was presented with an Aboriginal Youth Award during the Gathering Our Voices 2014 Aboriginal Youth Conference.
Held in Vancouver from March 18 to 21, this conference brought together some 2,000 youths (14 to 24 years of age) as well as presenters and guests.
Frappier was honoured for outstanding commitment and achievement in her community.
According to a press release, the student is an active community leader, striving to make a difference in people’s lives through her contributions.
Bright and articulate, she takes great pride in her Francophone, Catholic, and Métis heritage.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Frappier was an active participant in the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario’s (CSCNO) Aboriginal Education Program and supported efforts aimed at empowering Aboriginal youth and providing them with the knowledge to make positive changes in their world.
An active participant in various Aboriginal events such as Louis Riel Day, Earth Day and National Aboriginal Day, she also played an important leadership role as Northern Ontario’s representative in the Youth Ambassador of Canada program, which included a three-week student exchange in the United States.
“Mélanie-Rose takes great pride in her Francophone, Catholic and Métis heritage, and her leadership skills are greatly appreciated in our schools,” said CSCNO director of education Lyse-Anne Papineau, in a press release.
“An honour student at École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur, she has become a strong role model for our students, actively promoting her cultures in our schools and promoting them in the wider community.”