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'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards Nominations

The 'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards, by the Nellie McClung Foundation, celebrate five outstanding young self-identified women aged 16-25, showcasing their achievements in a video profile series. This initiative aims to inspire confidence and empowerment among girls by highlighting diverse accomplishments in fields like science, business, politics, and more.

'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards Program & Video Series

Many studies have highlighted that as young girls journey through their teenage years, they often experience a significant drop in self-confidence. In response, the Nellie McClung Foundation is actively finding ways to empower girls and young women, enabling them to envision their potential future and nurturing a belief in the mantra, 'Yes, I Can.'

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl, the Nellie McClung Foundation introduced the 'Yes I Can' Leadership Award program. This initiative recognizes the accomplishments of five dynamic young women aged 16-25, spotlighting their achievements through a captivating video profile series.


These young individuals are building upon the achievements of the trailblazing women who came before them, making strides in diverse fields such as science, business, politics, medicine, education, and beyond.

In partnership with Mindscape Studios, the Nellie McClung Foundation creates a video profile dedicated to each award recipient. These videos aim to unveil the unique journey and story of each recipient, with a powerful mission to ignite inspiration among fellow young women and girls.​

Emily Meadows


The nominee should:

  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership skills in their respective field or community. This can include taking initiative, inspiring others, and displaying a strong sense of responsibility;

  • Have made a significant impact in their chosen area of leadership. This can be through achievements, projects, or initiatives that have brought about positive change, addressed critical issues, or influenced others in a meaningful way;

  • Have displayed innovative and creative thinking in their leadership endeavours. This can include introducing new ideas, approaches, or solutions to challenges, and demonstrating the ability to think outside the box;

  • Exhibit a high level of commitment and dedication to their leadership role. This can be shown through their long-term involvement, perseverance, and a track record of consistently working towards their goals;

  • Have a strong track record of collaboration and empowering others. This can include fostering teamwork, mentoring, supporting the growth of others, and creating opportunities for those around them;

  • Have demonstrated a commitment to advocating for important causes or social issues. This can include actively promoting awareness, raising funds, or campaigning for positive change in their community or beyond;

  • Display a willingness to learn, grow, and adapt as a leader. This can be shown through their participation in training programs, seeking mentorship, or engaging in self-reflection to continuously improve their leadership skills;

  • Uphold high ethical standards and demonstrate integrity in their leadership actions. This can include displaying honesty, transparency, fairness, and accountability in their decision-making processes.

Benefits of being an Award Recipient

  • Be celebrated while serving as an inspiration to young girls and women.

  • Develop your confidence and essential skills through the 'Yes I Can' Leadership Award program.

  • Have the opportunity to be partnered with a mentor for one full year.

  • Receive one video profile that highlights your achievements.

  • Receive public exposure in the work or volunteerism that you are engaged with.

  • Participate in community gatherings sponsored by the Nellie McClung Foundation.

Rules and Guidelines

  • The 'Yes I Can' Leadership Award program is open to self-identified females between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of nomination.

  • Nominations will be accepted by the Nellie McClung Foundation Selection Committee from April 1st to 30th of each year.

  • Nomination forms must be completed by the applicant. 

  • Applicants under the age of 18 must have a Letter of Consent from a legal guardian accompanying the nomination

  • Applicant must be a Manitoba resident*

    • ​* For the purposes of this application, a Manitoba Resident shall be defined as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada who, at the application deadline, has resided continuously in Manitoba for any two-year period 

Application Form



Applicant is a Manitoba Resident
Applicant self-identifies as female
Upload Letter of Consent

Applicants under the age of 18 must have a Letter of Consent from a legal guardian accompanying the application.


Selection criteria for the 'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards program will include consideration that the diversity of Manitoba's population is reflected among the award recipients. Please check the boxes that apply to you:

Equity Self-Declaration


As part of your application, please include a short video introducing yourself. The video should be approximately 1-2 minutes in length and should provide an overview of your background, experiences, and leadership journey.

In your video, you may consider addressing the following points:

  1. Briefly introduce yourself, including your name and any relevant affiliations or positions you hold.

  2. Share what inspired you to become a leader and your journey towards leadership.

  3. Highlight some key achievements or projects you have undertaken in your respective field or community.

  4. Discuss your leadership style and the values that guide your leadership approach.

  5. Explain why you believe you are deserving of the Yes I Can Leadership Award.

  6. Conclude with a message about your commitment to making a positive impact and contributing to your community.

Please ensure that your video is clear, concise, and reflects your authentic self. You may choose to film the video in a setting that is comfortable and appropriate for your message. We look forward to learning more about you through your video introduction.

Upload Video Introduction


I declare that all information given on this application is complete and true to the best of my knowledge.

The Nellie McClung Foundation (NMF) is collecting your personal information for the purposes of the 'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards program. Your information is being collected and will be used by NMF for the following purposes:

  • to determine and verify eligibility for an award under the 'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards program and to assess this application

  • to administer and evaluate the 'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards program

  • to publicize your name if you are one of the recipients of the 'Yes I Can' Leadership Awards program



Your personal information is protected by FIPPA, and any personal health information you provide is protected by PHIA.

If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information or personal health information, if applicable, please contact The Nellie McClung Foundation at P.O. Box 41081 Markham, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2H0; email



For valuable consideration received, I grant to The Nellie McClung Foundation and their legal representatives and assigns, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish photographs and videos of me, or in which I may be included, for editorial, social media, advertising, and any other purpose and in any manner and medium; and to alter and composite the same without restriction and without my inspection or approval.


I hereby release The Nellie McClung Foundation and their legal representatives and assigns from all claims and liability relating to said videos/photographs.



By submitting this form, I confirm that I am of legal age and have the authority to enter into agreements on my own behalf. I have carefully reviewed the authorization, release, and agreement outlined above before signing it, and I am fully aware of its contents. If I am not of legal age, I have already provided a letter of consent from my legal guardian.

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