Young Volunteer Receives Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award


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This week is National Volunteer Week! Muscular Dystrophy Canada is celebrating by saluting our volunteers and showcasing profiles of just a few examples of the wonderful people who dedicate time to fulfilling our organization’s mission.

We received exciting news based on another of our great volunteers this week as well.  Kalliana King of Cowichan Bay, B.C. was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

According to the Governor General’s website, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character.

28 volunteers from across Canada received the award during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on April 17, 2012.  Kalliana is one of the youngest to receive the award at only 11 years old.  When Kalliana was eight years old she made a goal to raise $500 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada in honour of her friend, Adam, by dyeing her hair pink and then promising to shave her hair off if she made her goal.  Kalliana’s dedication and spirit inspired the community, and she ended up raising over $14,000!

Congratulations to Kalliana on this honour.  Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s website shares Kalliana’s whole story.

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