A boy who filled a 13-metre container with school supplies for an impoverished African country, a girl who made a courageous and symbolic stand against bullying and a teenager who devised a plan to connect student volunteers with charities eager for help are among the winners of Nova Scotia’s first Power of Positive Change Awards. Ten Nova Scotia students, who range in age from nine to 18, were honoured by Premier Rodney MacDonald and Education Minister Judy Streatch at a ceremony at Province House today, June 16. “Our youth are our greatest asset, our most powerful vehicle for positive change in a world that needs their idealism, their energy and their sense of purpose,” said Premier MacDonald. “It is an honour to recognize their incredible achievements with these awards.” The Premier’s Power of Positive Change Awards recognizes public school students who demonstrate leadership organizing a school or community activity or show exemplary behaviour promoting positive attitudes. Recipients receive a certificate of recognition from the premier and a $2,000 bursary toward post-secondary education or training. The recipients for the 2009 awards were selected from almost 100 nominations. “We received many excellent and worthy nominations from students all across Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Streatch. “I am so impressed by the many young people who devote their time, energy and passion to making a real difference in their schools and in the wider community, not only here at home but around the world.” The Premier’s Power of Positive Change Award was launched by the premier last September in recognition of two Nova Scotia high school students, Travis Price and David Sheppard, who caught the public’s attention with a pink t-shirt crusade in support of a bullied student.