On September 27th, Janelle de Rocquigny, a committed Manitoban youth member of Development and Peace, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Government House, where Senator Maria Chaput presented her with the medal. According to the Saint-Boniface University website, Janelle received the award for “her great commitment to environmental issues, giving a voice to Franco-Canadians at the international level and her efforts to find concrete actions for sustainable development.”
Janelle was part of a delegation of youth members of Development and Peace who travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to participate in the Rio +20 People’s Summit. Marie-Hélène Roy, Francophone Youth Programs Officer at Development and Peace, saw firsthand the strength of heart and mind of this committed young woman. “Throughout our time in Rio, Janelle showed tremendous leadership and is exceptionally dynamic. She is very engaged in her community, and social justice issues are close to her heart. She shared with the rest of the group her concern for the rights of indigenous peoples and an interest to create bridges between different communities.”
On the university website, Janelle explained her deep commitment to social justice issues. “Responding to social justice issues has just always been my way. I have no intention of stopping! I have been very involved in the Development and Peace group at the university and Sister Norma McDonald has been my mentor,” she said.
She added on the website that she feels tremendously honoured to receive this recognition. “I am only 29 years old, so it is very meaningful for me. But I have never acted alone and this medal belongs to all the people with whom I have collaborated.”
Congratulations Janelle for this well-deserved honour!