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Clarenville’s Mackenzie Dove earns Young Woman of Distinction award

Despite only being 20 years old, Mackenzie Dove of Clarenville has done a lot for women in the community.

Mackenzie Dove with boyfriend Charlie Byrne and her 2016 Young Woman of Distinction Award.

As president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Parliament (YP), she helped recruit a lot of women making for the first youth parliament where the women outnumber the men.

She is an active volunteer. She acted as pilot for her Clarenville High Schools’ Robotics Team, leading them to an international competition. She was also crowned Miss Achievement in 2013.

It was for these reasons and more that Dove was honoured with the 2016 Young Woman of Distinction award in early March.

The awards are presented across Canada and recognize women who excel in their field or contribute to the development and wellbeing of other women.

Six awards were given out in Newfoundland and Labrador and Dove received the award for young women aged 18-30.

"I was kind of shocked that I won it to be honest. I’m only 20 years old, so it was a really big honour,” Dove told The Packet.

Though on the younger end of the spectrum of eligible candidates, Dove has managed to accomplish a lot.

The awards were handed out on International Women’s Day at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium in St. John’s. The YWCA presented the awards.

“It was amazing. Just to be in this room literally filled with 30 nominees, who are extraordinary women in their own right, and a lot of their supporters, which are also women, was such an honour,” said Dove.

The seven recipients were also invited to the lieutenant governor’s house for a dinner.

Mackenzie Dove, the daughter of Paul and Vanda Dove, is attending the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University.

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