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May 21, 2022

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Student recognized for LGBTQ advocacy


FELIDA — Felida resident Nora VanRees, a student at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, was one of 100 winners — age 13 to 19 — in a nationwide contest by Invisalign called Changemakers.

Changemakers is a program by Invisalign that partners with the National 4-H Council to recognize young leaders helping their communities.

Each winner received $5,000. The 16-year-old was recognized for her work starting an organization called Here N Queer, which is dedicated to LGBTQ advocacy.

“We provide free resource kits to LGBTQIA+ people in the United States for mental health support, in addition to our mental health resource database,” VanRees said. “The database has 500-plus hotlines, support groups and more.”

Read more about VanRees and her work at and at

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