Three Sackville youths, Cody Steeves, Christian Watts and Ryan Reid, were named Sackville Youth Citizens of the Year. TOWER PHOTO
Three local youths were honoured during Sackville’s Fall Fair weekend for their outstanding volunteering efforts.
Cody Steeves, Christian Watts and Ryan Reid took home Sackville Youth Citizen of the Year honours from Friday evening’s opening ceremonies held on Bridge Street.
Steeves and Watts have both been volunteering at Open Sky Co-operative for the past year. Open Sky is a charity located on an 11-acre farm in Middle Sackville which provides home and vocational assistance and a caring community for adults who require supports to improve their quality of life. Much of its produce is sold to local restaurants.
During his time at Open Sky, Steeves has worked in the gardens, doing weeding, planting and picking, as well as working with the poultry flocks of laying hens, turkeys and ducks.
“Open Sky staff find Cody to be an enjoyable, willing worker, and an asset to our community,” said Harold Jarche, chair of Renaissance Sackville, sponsor of the annual youth awards.
Steeves also contributed his time and effort to the construction of Sackville’s first-ever Habitat for Humanity house and also helped out at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute.
Watts has used his varied skills at Open Sky, including computer entry, organization and cooking.
“Chris knows every aspect of the farm and is the number one tour guide when new people come to see what Open Sky Co-operative does,” said Jarche.
Watts is also a volunteer on Open Sky’s board of directors, helping out with some of the office chores, including organizing group-buying orders and coordinating Excel databases on the computer.
Reid, a Mount Allison University student in his fifth year of bachelor of commerce, is from Riverview but volunteers extensively in this community.
Reid, who is instrumental in the organization of the Sackville/Mount Allison Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life and Curl for Cancer events, has served for four years now on the Relay for Life planning committee and this year he is the student co-chair.
“Ryan's own challenges with cancer have not stopped him from fully participating at Mount Allison or in the community,” said Jarche. “Ryan puts service before self.”