Youth recognized for volunteer effotrs

Andrew Wagstaff
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16-year-old Cassandra Morris enjoys prroductivee activities with children, seniors

From dodging snowballs at Beavers to visiting the residents at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Cassandra Morris likes to be with people.

PARRSBORO From dodging snowballs at Beavers to visiting the residents at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Cassandra Morris likes to be with people.

She also likes to make a positive difference in peoples lives, and volunteers many hours of her time for that purpose. For this she is being recognized as the Town of Parrsboros Youth Volunteer nominee for 2007.

I just like to do it, said the 16-year-old daughter of Don Lake and Michelle Morris. You can only spend so much time at home on Facebook before you go insane. I just feel like I have to do something productive.

Every week she joins the local beavers group, where she helps organize games and activities for an active group of youngsters. She got involved last year when her younger brother joined, but stayed on this year even after he moved on.

A believer that it takes a community to raise a child, she said she enjoys being part of an experience that is positive and educational for children, not to mention fun.

Theyre 18 little boys and sometimes theyre crazy, but theyre fun, said Cassandra, nicknamed Ringtail by the beavers. I think it was pick on Ringtail Day because they were hitting me with snowball after snowball. I like beavers a lot.

She also appreciates her time with the residents at the care centre, who she visits just to listen and spend time with them.

It is important to maintain communication between the younger and older generations in the community, according to Cassandra, who said she gains positive and rewarding experiences just by giving her time there.

I really like talking to people and a lot of them will tell stories of their past, she said. Theyre really interesting, and some of them are a lot of fun too.

Cassandra also takes part in World Visions 30 Hour Famine each year, and hopes this year to surpass here last years total of $360 raised for the international effort. She also takes part in Parrsboros youth town council, and school activities such as student council, student police and travel club.

On top of all of this she maintains a steady load of courses as a Grade 10 student at Parrsboro Regional High School, and looks after her brother every day after school.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed by her community. Two different people nominated Cassandra for the towns youth volunteer recognition this year, a rarity for the process. One of those who nominated her was local senior Mary Brodie.

Shes a nice girl, works hard and is always willing to help others, she said. She really is a wonderful girl.

Organizations: South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Town of Parrsboros Youth Volunteer, Grade 10 Parrsboro Regional High School

Geographic location: Ringtail

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