|Ta'Kaiya Blaney is the girl in the middle of other award winners.|
A group of grown-ups who spotlight people from around the world for their good deeds that help the oceans, the Blue Frontier Campaign, picked Ta'Kaiya for the Christopher Benchley Youth Award, 2012. (You might have heard of the movie and book Jaws--the story about a great white shark? Well, Christopher Benchley is the son of the book's author, Peter Benchley. Both father and son were devoted to helping other understand more about the ocean.)
Ta'Kaiya lives North Vancouver and is from the Sliammon First Nation. She writes and performs songs and also acts in movies. She worries about oil spills because it could "devastate all marine and coastal like and habitat," near her home. So she co-wrote and performed a song called "Shallow Waters."
Miss Blaney travels around Canada and the United States to tell people more about how the ocean is important to her. This is one of the reasons she received this award in San Francisco.