Laurissa Brousseau, a former student of École Notre-Dame des Monts in Canmore, has been involved in her community at various levels since she was little. Today, she is reaping the fruits of her involvement. This engaged citizen has won the highest award that Alberta graduate students can receive, the Queen’s golden Jubilee Citizenship award.
Laurissa Brousseau is not yet twenty years old. Yet the list of his accomplishments is impressive. Thanks to the encouragement of her mother who also served as a role model, Laurissa understood the importance of getting involved if we want to change things. It was also her mother, Geneviève Poulin, who announced to her that she was the recipient of the Queen’s Prize. This award recognizes students who have contributed to their community through exceptional citizenship, leadership, public service and volunteer efforts. They get the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, a certificate and a $ 5,000 scholarship.
At Notre-Dame des Monts School, Laurissa was recognized as “the girl who gets involved” by her peers and teachers. “I was the first in the school to do business, I was not waiting for the others: the trip to Nicaragua, I was the only participant; the cadets, I was the only francophone; the FJA, I was the first. And when she came back to school, she shared her experiences with others and encouraged them to get involved as well.
The young student played a big role in her school’s student council and started discussions with students and teachers to create the first gay-straight alliance at her school. She was also selected to make a two week pilgrimage to Vimy with veterans. According to her, many opportunities are offered to young people to get involved, it only takes a little digging to find.
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Noticed among the Banff / Canmore Air Cadets
She also stood out through her involvement in the Francophonie Jeunesse organization in Alberta as a member of the board of directors. She has worked on linguistic safety and youth mental health issues. “After Francophonie Jeunesse Alberta’s first GOAGA, I knew it was going to be something that would bring me a lot. I really felt at home there. These are young people who are proud to speak French, who want to advance several issues in our Francophonie, that’s really what prompted me. ”
In addition, Laurissa was very involved with 878 Air Cadet Squadron in Banff / Canmore. At sixteen, she became a squadron commander, a position normally reserved for 18-year-olds. This role allows him to influence the communication strategies of his squadron to reach more people and make more room for Francophones. During her time in the cadets, she was selected to do an international diplomatic exchange in China. At 18, it was his turn, as a staff cadet, to welcome cadets from abroad for a stay in Canada.
Laurissa is continuing her studies at the University of Ottawa in International Studies and Modern Languages. She is already thinking about the organizations in which she wants to get involved for the years to come.