Being busy has almost become second nature to me. With sports, school groups and music, it can become a little overwhelming at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I get something different and novel out of every different activity I take part in, so juggling the million and one things at once is worth it in the end!
I try to be as involved as I can be in my school, by being a member of my school’s Leadership Team and the Treasurer of its Student Council. Membership in these two groups has allowed me to become an active part of the student body and to plan and take part in some really great spirit activities at my school. Groups like Leadership Team and Student Council are essential to a high school, because they’re responsible for boosting morale and for bringing the school community together and I’m proud to say I can help them to do so.
I also act as a Recruitment Officer for the Canadian Blood Services at my school. My job is to sign up students above the age of 16 to give blood, and to assist in any way during the actual clinic, which is held in the school gym. Being able to help out with such a tremendous cause is empowering and rewarding, and I am proud to say that through the recruitment initiatives we undertook at our last clinic, we had the biggest turnout the Queen Elizabeth Regional High has seen in years!
I also volunteer outside of my school with the Conception Bay South Youth Advisory Council. This group is a community-sponsored initiative to get young people involved in volunteer and community service activities, and is a great opportunity to give back to the town. As a member of the YAC, I help out at town events such as Guy Fawkes Night, New Year’s activities and CBS Winterfest. We also played an important role at when CBS hosted Hockeyville 2011 by volunteering at the rinks and serving hot drinks.
In addition to volunteering, sports have always been a sweet spot of mine. I play both badminton and volleyball, and have had the chance to compete both provincially and nationally. Through volleyball, I have competed at the Provincial 4A Championships, at Volleyfest and Volleycentral, at the Midget +1 Provincial Championships and at several invitational tournaments in the past. Through badminton, I have competed provincially at the 4A Provincial Championships and at the Provincial Junior Championships, and have represented my province at the Atlantic Junior Championships, at the Jeux de l’Acadie and at the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne. I love playing sports – especially the challenge, the excitement and the camaraderie that they bring.
Along with sports and volunteering, music has always played an important role in my life. Since elementary school, I have participated in concert bands, jazz bands and choirs, and have enjoyed every second of it. Currently, I am a member of my school’s Choir and Jazz Band (I play trombone and baritone), as well as Shallaway – Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus. There’s something special about making music, and I hope I can continue making music in the future.
I love being involved in my school, in sports, in music, and in my community. It is so rewarding to participate in all of these activities and to be involved in such great organizations.