Five Edmonton area youths were given the province’s top honours when it comes to making a difference in their schools and communities yesterday during the provincial government’s annual Great Kids Awards Gala.

The group from Edmonton was among 16 children and teens who were handpicked from 450 nominees.
“It takes a very generous heart to do what they do every day,” said Premier Ed Stelmach yesterday at the Fantasyland Hotel.

This year’s winners from the Edmonton area included Brooklyn Boyko, 7, who started a tradition of giving all of her birthday toys to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.


Sherwood Park resident Cassia Schaar, 11, was given an award for raising money for African families.
St. Albert resident Carter Buchanan, 11, was honoured for raising more than $2,000 for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

Kyle McDonald, a 13-year-old legally blind student, was awarded for his inspirational story of playing for his West Edmonton community league’s football team.

Shay Walker, 15, was recognized for her role in fighting the problems of bullying.

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