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Thursday, 03 November 2011 13:03

Pincher Creek girl earns ‘Great Kids’ award

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By Jamie Woodford
Pincher Creek
Dykota Letourneau is a “natural leader” in her Pincher Creek community.
She volunteers at the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society and is steadily involved with the Métis Nation youth group.
In recognition of her contributions, the 13-year-old was bestowed with a Great Kids Awards at the 12th annual event held at the Edmonton Fantasyland Hotel in October.

She was one of 16 Alberta youths recognized for their outstanding contributions to their families, schools and communities, and “it felt pretty awesome” to win, she said.

The only southern Alberta winner, Letourneau enjoys sharing her Métis culture with her peers by playing the fiddle, organizing bannock and craft-making workshops, leading cultural presentations in schools and sharing information at community events. She is also involved in sports, including dog sledding.

“I like to help out with some of the working members of the Métis youth group, help out with the kids and stuff,” she explained of her volunteering duties. “We usually do a trip at least once a year down to Canyon School and have a visit and talk to them about the Métis nation and about the history of them.”

She’s also involved with the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.

“I help volunteer with some of the harvest festivals and Canada Day celebrations,” she said.

In addition to a trophy, Letourneau received a prize package that included one night at the Fantasyland Hotel with her family, a new laptop computer and passes to various attractions at West Edmonton Mall.

“I was pretty excited to get a new laptop,” she said of the award. “In West Edmonton Mall, we were able to go shopping in Chapters and stuff, and we went and spent some time at the water park after the awards.”

More than 120 children and youth between the ages five and 18 were nominated for the Great Kids Awards. Award recipients were selected by a committee of community members and government staff.

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