08/16/2013 03:37 EDT | Updated 10/16/2013 05:12 EDT

New award announced for young people who take stance against bullying

HALIFAX - The lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia has announced a new award for young people who stand up against bullying.

The Respectful Citizenship Award will be given to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their schools and communities and a commitment to fostering inclusive environments.

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant announced details of the award Friday at an anti-bullying conference in Halifax.

The government says each school board will be able to hand out one award to an individual and another to a team.

Nomination forms will be circulated in schools, and recipients will be chosen by an independent committee.

Grant will present the first award next Feb. 27 on National Anti-Bullying Day.