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Anti-bullying advocate nominated for national award

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:23 pm

Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie Murphy has been nominated for the Canadian Living Me to We Award.
Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie Murphy has been nominated for the Canadian Living Me to We Award.
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Airdrie anti-bullying advocate Mackenzie Murphy has made the shortlist for the Canadian Living Me to We Awards in the social action category.

The nomination for the 14 year old comes on the heels of her win in the Airdrie Amazing Women Awards where she was honoured in the bravery category on May 2.

Mackenzie’s mother Tara says this is the biggest award the teen has been nominated for and it signifies an evolution in Murphy’s work.

“Her work has progressed so much, from where she was advocating against bullying to now where it’s on such a larger scale on the issue of mental health and the affects that bullying has on people,” said Tara.

The 2014 Canadian Living Me to We Awards are divided into six categories,. Winners for the following five categories will each receive a $3,000 donation to the charity of their choice: Youth in Action (12 and under), Youth in Action (13 to 17), Social Action, In the Community, and Educator.

The winner in the Free The Children Youth category will win a Me to We volunteer trip to the Amazon. Canadian Living Magazine is the title sponsor of the awards that are hosted by Free the Children.

Murphy helped spawn Airdrie’s anti-bullying bylaw that was passed on Sept. 16, 2013, and is currently working with Travis Price, the creator of Pink Shirt Day that raise awareness on bullying.

Price is mentoring Mackenzie to tell her story and share her message in schools all over the country.

In December 2012 Mackenzie attempted to take her life after she says she was the victim of bullying at school and online, and has since become an anti-bullying advocate.

The past two years have been a whirlwind for the young Airdronian who says she never thought that she would be where she is today.

“A few years ago, I didn’t even think I’d be alive right now,” said Mackenzie. “I’m so glad that I’m finally doing what I want to be doing. The chance to win this award and be able to give something back to the people that have given me so much is really a great honour.”

If Murphy wins, she will be awarded $3,000 to give to the charity of her choice, which she has already decided will be the Amanda Todd Legacy.

The Amanda Todd Legacy is a grassroots fund that was started by Amanda’s mother, Carrol Todd whose daughter was bullied and committed suicide on Oct. 10, 2012 in Port Coquitlam, B.C.

“I don’t need this money, but it would be so great to be able to help out the people who have helped me through so much,” said Murphy.

Winners are chosen by an online vote and voting for the Me to We Awards is open now; votes can be cast online at www.metowe.com/awards


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