Olivia McAuley, 11, was the Great Kids award winner this past May. Nominations for the awards have been extended until Jan. 31st. Photo submitted

Nominations for the Great Kids Award nominations extended to Jan. 31st

This past year’s award winner was from Red Deer County

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The nomination process for the Great Kids Award has been extended until Jan. 31st at 4 p.m.

Every year the Alberta Government hosts the Great Kids Award to recognize children and youth who have made positive contributions in the face of significant obstacles.

“So these are children and youth ages 5 to 18 who have experienced difficult life challenges like physical and mental illness, overcoming a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying, and despite that, they’ve gone on to do great things for others in their community,” said Laura Fedoriw, communications advisor with the Alberta Government.

One of the award winners from the event held this past May was 11-year-old Olivia McAuley from Red Deer County.

“She has been driven to succeed despite managing her diabetes and she has participated in fundraising activities for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, so she’s participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for example,” said Fedoriw.

Last year McAuley had her hair cut and donated it to Wigs For Kids. She also happens to be a part of 100 Kids Who Care, an initiative where children donate $10 each and select where to donate the money.

“She has really dedicated herself to bettering her community while dealing with a life changing diagnosis and that’s why we selected her for a Great Kid Award.”

There are 16 awards given out to children and youth from across Alberta.

“To nominate a Great Kid, nominators have to submit a description of why they think the young person should be nominated along with two letters of support. Nominators must obtain parent or guardian consent to nominate a child or youth and there’s more information about nominating a Great Kid online at www.greatkidsalberta.ca.”

Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony sponsored by Fantasyland Hotel in the Spring of 2019. Award winners and their families or caregivers will enjoy a night’s stay and receive a West Edmonton Mall attractions pass.

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