Posted by Laurie Sandeson on Jun 01, 2019
The 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) day was hosted by the Rotary Club of Truro on May 31st on the DalAC campus.  There were 20 students from Tatamagouche Regional Academy‎, South Colchester Academy and Cobequid Education Centre (CEC). Three or four of the students were from the local Interactor clubs.
The theme for this year's RYLA event was Environment Stewardship.  Rotarian Ed MacDonald participated in a panel presentation along with Kevin and Darlyne Proctor from the Colchester Balefill facility on the topic. 
The last activity of the day saw the students painting individual posters of what they thought they could do, or what humanity needs to do, for the sustainability of our planet.   The poster activity was led by Nuri Guerra, a local artist who owns Visual Voice, a studio in Truro, and the works will be on display at NSCC Truro Campus as the initial show.  The aim is to have a show of the work at the local library as well.
In the photo is Shelby Thompson holding her environmental image.
Students also presented their portfolios and were interviewed by a team of Rotarians. 
Shelby Thompson (grade 12, CEC) Kathryn Nickerson (grade 12, CEC) each won a
$500 bursary for their efforts. The interview team was made up of Ken MacDonald (left) 
Wayne Gillis and Rod Jones.
Students gave the conference a high rating. Feedback such as "wish it could have been longer" and "enjoyed making plans to help rebuild our natural resources" made the day very worthwhile.
Laurie Sandeson was in charge of the day. She was assisted by Ryan Beazley, Les Mosher, Derrick Higgins, Rod Jones, Wayne Gillis, Ed MacDonald, Ken MacDonald, Larry Beazley, Lech Krzywonos and non-Rotarian/Admin Support Jessie Patriquin from Sun Life.  Thanks to the great team who came together to help pull this off!