Ottawa residents recognized for police, volunteer work in community safety
The youth award went to teenager Stanford Miaro, who now attends Carleton University but was a student at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School last year.
He said he was inspired after hearing Glen Canning speak about his daughter, Rehtaeh Parsons, who committed suicide after she was sexually assaulted, to help launch ManUp!, which speaks out against violence against women.
“According to one of his teachers at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School, Stanford embodies everything our community looks for in a man,” Sutcliffe said. “Stanford stepped in when a friend was harassing his girlfriend in the school cafeteria. To his fellow students, he became a hero for standing up and speaking out against violence.”
He helped organize an event that gathered 1,000 Barrhaven boys to speak about issues such as violence and sexting.
“We’re just regular typical high school guys, there’s not much special about us, except we’re the ones who got together and decided we’re going to make this change,” Miaro said. “We’re trying to get to other guys like us to tell them to do the right thing.”