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Girls Inc. presents 5th annual strong, smart, bold awards

Red-logo-on-white-background-2009(Newmarket, ON) – Girls Incorporated of York Region today presented the organization’s 5th annual Strong, Smart and Bold awards.

Honouring young women and dedicated members of the community, these awards recognize the personal, professional and volunteer contributions of recipients who inspire all girls to display courage, spirit and leadership in their communities, schools and relationships.

Among the 2015 honourees is Newmarket resident and Media Director for Khamp Media, Chan Khamphoomee; and York Region student, Leah Hans.

Long-time Girls Inc. supporter, Khamphoomee was named an Honourary Girls Inc. member at the annual awards ceremony Wednesday evening.

“As a leader in our community, Chan has shown tremendous support for Girls Incorporated of York Region,” said Lyn Thompson-Alcock, Executive Director of the community based organization. “From introducing us to new partnerships to working with our girls to create anti-violence PSAs, Chan has gone above and beyond in order to raise awareness of our organization and our programs.”

Hans, who began attending Girls Inc. in 2009 after struggling with the effects of bullying, was honoured with both a scholarship and a leadership award for the exceptional courage and spirit she has shown at Girls Inc. and in her community.

“When we first met Leah she was a shy and quite little girl,” adds Ashley Martin, Program Manager at Girls Inc. “Over the past six years we have witnessed Leah grown into a confident young woman who believes in helping others and leads by example.”

Amoung her many accomplishments, Leah has demonstrated courage, spirit and leadership by volunteering her time with the Girls Inc. Project BOLD and Build IT summer camps; She has created an inspirational Eating Disorders Awareness presentation; and worked with her peers to create a commercial for the organization’s Silence the Violence campaign to raise awareness about girl on girl violence and bullying.

Hans and Chan were joined by several other young women from across York Region Wednesday evening, who were all exemplary strength and community spirit.