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The Halifax Helpers

Commonwealth Point of Light 147. Rebeccah Raphael

Rebeccah Raphael, representing Canada, is the founder of ‘The Halifax Helpers', a free online-tutoring service providing educational support to students in Nova Scotia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rebeccah Raphael

Under Rebeccah’s leadership, the group has grown to 50 tutors, hosting 300 sessions a week in English, French, maths, science, and music. Rebeccah is planning to continue the project beyond the pandemic, expanding to students outside Nova Scotia.

Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, UK High Commissioner to Canada, said:

“Rebeccah richly deserves this award for her exceptional work to support students during very difficult times. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, she has inspired us all by stepping up to ensure students have access to the learning support they need from the safety of their own homes. Her work will help to ensure that no student is disadvantaged, or loses out on opportunities in the future because of the pandemic. ‘Halifax Helpers’ is a fantastic initiative, and a great example of what young people can contribute to society in even the most difficult circumstances. I am delighted that her work has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen.”

His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, said:

“I am delighted to participate in the Commonwealth Points of Light Award presentation to the founder of ‘The Halifax Helpers’, Rebeccah Raphael. During the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, she chose not to sit-out the period of isolation and social distancing and she established a wonderful online tutoring program that has made a difference in her community. ‘The Halifax Helpers’ group of volunteers has led to elementary and junior high school students receiving educational support during uncertain times when schools were closed. Rebeccah’s leadership is indeed inspiring and truly reflects the intention of the Award that was created by Her Majesty The Queen.”

Rebeccah Raphael said:

“I am so honoured to be receiving this award which has been given to many inspiring people before me. Working with the volunteers at ‘The Halifax Helpers’ has shown me how much we can accomplish with passion, drive and kindness. The youth who make up our team are some of the most dedicated and genuine folx out there. I’m incredibly proud of the way together we’ve maximized our impact in our community and beyond.”

Watch below Rebeccah receive her award from Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, UK High Commissioner to Canada, and His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and discuss her work:

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