Winnipeg, MB – Gray Academy of Jewish Education’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) has been working to create a safe environment for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity for the past year. This evening, The Association for Rights and Liberties, The Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission will be awarding representatives of Gray Academy’s GSA with the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Union Centre (206 - 275 Broadway).
“Our GSA is a point of pride for us because what started as a select group of students expressing a need has become an integral piece of our school identity,” says Rory Paul, Head of School at Gray Academy and CEO for the Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education. “This inclusion has created a safety net in the school that has greatly impacted our school’s culture, and honouring the group in this way shows how passion and drive really can bring about positive change.”
And change is exactly what this student group has brought to the school, with Gray Academy’s students experiencing a noticeable decline in bullying, and an increase in safe spaces for them to discuss burning issues that were more difficult to address before the GSA.
“This school has done wonders for me and the board and teachers have been so fantastic and supportive to me,” says Anna Binder, Gray Academy student and co-president of the GSA. ”They have helped our GSA grow just as they have helped me grow intellectually and into my own individuality. This has given me a confidence when walking in the halls that has carried on to how I walk everywhere else I go.”
Gray Academy of Jewish Education is a Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 university preparatory school that places equal value on both Jewish and general academic programs, and provides opportunities to nurture the emotional well-being and spiritual development of all students. Our vision is to provide an educational environment of academic excellence, strong Jewish values and proud global citizenship.
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