Lisa Manners
Bullying Survivor
Female | Calgary, AB   Canada
Student reached out for help against bullies, and it changed her life
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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9/17/13 11:17 AM
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It takes strength of character to not only overcome being bullied, but to actually use that experience to challenge yourself and others to become champions against bullying.

This is the case with Lisa Manners, who is entering her first year at the University of Calgary. "I was bullied when I was in Grade 10 and 11, and it was so hard," she recalls. "I realized the only way to overcome it was to reach out to others for help. Now, I want to be that person for others struggling."

With that type of outlook and resolve, it's no wonder that Manners is a recipient of a $40,000 Chancellor's Club Scholarship, the University of Calgary's premiere entrance award, recognizing exceptional academic merit and promise, contributions to school and community, and leadership.

As the former student council president at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek, Manners took leadership to a new level. She worked to bolster school spirit by running assemblies and pep rallies, and spearheading events like Buddy Day, where Grade 7 students were matched with Grade 12 students to address bullying across ages.

Her presidency is also another example of her conquering a personal challenge for greater good. "Originally, I was so timid, I didn't want to be in front of the school at assemblies, but (student council) was an area that I saw was lacking support and enthusiasm. I forced myself to work on public speaking, and I was quite proud for stepping up to that challenge and how well we did. We were able to turn things around in a year!"

Post-graduation, Manners travelled to India for a life-changing encounter. She spent five days in a rural Indian village to help build a school. "Just meeting the different people and seeing how happy they are with how little they have really had an impact on me," she affirms. "I realized life doesn't have to be about how much stuff you have, but how you make the most of what you have."

Now as a first-year undergraduate in her Bachelor of Commerce program, Manners cannot wait to continue her volunteer work. Recently accepted into the Emerging Leaders program, she plans to participate in the ambassadors aspect of the Chancellors's Club and to become a Big Sister to get involved with youth and continue to help with anti-bullying.

Ultimately, she hopes to grow her leadership skills and to "make a real difference" both at the university and in the greater community. With all she's already accomplished, there's little doubt she'll continue to be a difference maker.

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Posted By: gilroykidcali34 | 9/17/13 3:37 PM
Anyone that has given their time as a volunteer will tell you.... it gives a person great satisfaction.
Posted By: PLAIN2Csally | 9/18/13 11:52 AM
“The highest of distinctions is service to others.”
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