Embracing Pride: Rainbow Youth Leadership Bursary Honours Local Student

Jul. 27, 2015

On July 26, local grade 12 student from Arthur Voaden Secondary School, Rhiann Fleming, was honoured with the Rainbow Youth Leadership Bursary. This award is supported by the Rainbow Youth Bursary Fund, a fund within the London Community Foundation. It honours a local high school student for his/her accomplishments and contributions to the community. Specifically, the recipients demonstrate balance between academics, leadership and commitment or significant contribution to developing tolerance and acceptance of London and area’s LGBT2 or any community group represented under the diverse Rainbow banner.

Pride FlagRhiann is extremely deserving of this award for a number of reasons. Rhiann received academic honours throughout her entire high school career and has been a very active member of Arthur Voaden Secondary School. She was a member of Safe Schools, the GSA and social justice clubs, Student Council, prom committee and various fundraising initiatives. Rhiann has been an organizer of anti-bullying week, spirit days, awareness campaigns for homophobia, the Day of Silence, and much more. Through organizing and participating in initiatives such as the Day of Silence, a global movement to bring attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT2 bullying and harassment in schools, Rhiann continually promotes and supports awareness and equality for all.

Rhiann was presented her award at the 2015 Pride London Festival Awards & Member Reception. She received a certificate accompanied by a monetary award towards her tuition at Queen’s University.

London Community Foundation would not only like to congratulate Rhiann on her award, but would like to thank her for helping create safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Rhiann, best of luck in your future endeavors at Queen’s University!