The accolades continue to pour in for an Upper LaHave teen whose dedicated research on fecal bacteria levels brought widespread attention to the issue of LaHave River straight pipes.
Stella Bowles learned on the same day that she will receive a Meritorious Service Decoration next year in Ottawa from Canada's Governor General, and is also heading to Ecuador to participate in a service learning tour taking place in the Amazon.
Bowles, 13, told LighthouseNOW she's ecstatic with the recognition.
"I'm kind of still speechless. I'm just really honoured," Bowles said of the medal she'll receive during a ceremony sometime in 2018.
The award also means she's entitled to sign the initials "MSM" after her name.
The medals are given to recognize remarkable contributions such as in advocacy, health care services, research and humanitarian efforts. Bowles is pleased her efforts are achieving positive outcomes.
"I guess it means that I made change and that ... people are listening," she said.
Meanwhile, she may be one of just two Nova Scotians selected through a Canadian Youth Ambassador program heading to South America's west coast.
One of 30 Canadians chosen after submitting a 150 word essay, Bowle's plan to test waterways "and create more change" will be front and centre in Ecuador, where she'll be present from March 28 to April 3. She'll also head to Ottawa in May "to receive mentorship" from politicians and other officials "to develop [her] idea into actions."
The thought of travelling to and experiencing a foreign country is one she relishes.
"This is amazing," she said. "I'm just really excited for this trip."
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