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Becca Schofield with New Brunswick Lt.-Gov Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau and New Brunswick RCMP Commanding Officer A./Commr. LarryTremblay, receiving a Commander's Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Community Spirit and Leadership.
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RIVERVIEW, N.B. – Becca Schofield’s wish for a kinder world is being honoured.
The Riverview teenager has terminal cancer. In a Dec. 15 post on her Facebook page Becca’s Battle with Butterscotch, Rebecca Schofield asked her friends to be kind in her name
“No matter how young or old, rich or poor, no matter where in the world you are you can participate. I want to create a mass of acts of kindness! I want to get a worldwide trend on Twitter of #BeccaToldMeTo. It’s pretty simple. No matter who you are, if you see this message, please do an act of kindness for someone else.”
Schofield’s friends – and many strangers – are working to fulfill that wish.
“Every day I make it a point to complete an act of kindness for Becca as well as sharing her story with at least one new person,” Vanessa Miller told the Sackville Tribune Post in December. Miller was Schofield’s counsellor Brigadoon Village’s Camp Goodtime, at Aylesford Lake in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.
“It means so much to her and her family and friends. It’s great to see people doing this for her,” Schofield’s friend Pacey MacIsaac told the Journal Pioneer earlier this month. “I hope that people take away how kind she is. She just wants people to be happy and do good things for others.”
Now the New Brunswick RCMP is honouring Schofield’s efforts, awarding the 17-year-old a Commander's Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Community Spirit and Leadership.
“Kinder, more connected communities are safer places to live,” the provincial RCMP said in a media release. “ We applaud Becca's initiative and vision, and we know that her efforts will help us all to build stronger, safer, kinder communities long into the future.”
With files from Scott Doherty and Millicent McKay