Truro man takes initiative with mentoring program

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - When Evan Price attended a recruitment session for the Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade, he had no idea just how much the experience would change his life.
The Truro resident joined the volunteer fire brigade last year after the recruiting session and enjoyed the experience so much he also partnered with the National Mentoring
Program.
The initiative, with a head office in Toronto, was created in 2007 by Molson Canada and aims to match a student studying commerce to a non-profit organization or charity for 16 weeks of work placement. The Dalhousie student used his work term, which ended this summer, to enhance community awareness and recruiting programming for the volunteer fire brigade.
"They look for students who enjoy volunteering, are outgoing, driven and project oriented," said Price.
"It was great to hone skills like communication and personal interaction."
Being a project-minded person, Price got down to business and helped the volunteer brigade with inventory checks, traffic studies, updating membership catalogues dating back to 1867 and bringing awareness to the Walk in Our Boots recruiting campaign.
"I did promotions for it and more than 300 people attended and there were four new applications to become members ... there were only two the previous year and I was one of them," said Price.
His time with the mentoring program is over but he made quite an impression with the national program. He has been named the marketing co-ordinator for the program's East Coast. His goal is to match 20 university students and businesses across Canada for the mentoring program next year.
The National Mentoring Program's founder, Mary Donohue, said Price's experience is what makes the program successful.
"Evan's work ... clearly illustrates how today's students, when challenged by community organizations and partnered with clever business mentors, can solve a myriad of problems that often would never have been completed because the charity or not-for-profit (organization) didn't have the time nor the human resources," said Donohue.
Price will continue as a member of the volunteer fire brigade, is presenting Fire Prevention Safety tips to children at local schools next week, and is offering proposals for the 2011 Walk in Our Boots project.

Organizations: Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade, National Mentoring, Molson Canada

Geographic location: Toronto, East Coast, Canada

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