Sally Getto, a Grade 12 student at Breton Education Centre in New Waterford, is the winner of the inaugural CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award.
CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning created the award to help support the education and development of future leaders of Cape Breton Island.
The CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award is awarded to a graduating student from a Cape Breton high school, who will be attending Cape Breton University and who has demonstrated an exceptional capacity for leadership among his or her peers and in the community.
Getto, 17, will be attending Cape Breton University in September. She has been accepted in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) program.
In 2009, CBC Cape Breton Information Morning host Steve Sutherland did a series of interviews with prominent Cape Breton leaders on the topic of leadership. He then worked with Cape Breton University Press to create a book based on those interviews. The result was Getting It Done: Conversations with Cape Breton Leaders.
Royalties from the book totalled $3,000. This enabled an entrance award at a value of $1,000 to be awarded over the next three academic years to a student entering Cape Breton University.
“We had numerous superb applicants and we congratulate Sally on receiving the first CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award,” said Sutherland. “The goal was to help encourage the next generation of Cape Breton leaders. We thought what a better way than to share the proceeds from the book to help future leaders on the Island.”
Applicants for the CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award were required to write an essay, of no more than 500 words, on what leadership means to them and they had to give examples of how they have demonstrated this leadership. There was no minimum scholastic average required.