Seventeen-year-old recognized for community contributions
Jordan Sprague accepts the Youth Volunteer of the Year award from Cumberland County councillor Kathy Redmond. Raissa Tetanish - The Citizen
WENTWORTH - The Wentworth Pioneer Club, usually called “Wentworth Pioneers” consists of members often volunteering themselves in community organizations and supporting those who volunteer.
The Pioneers meet twice a month on the second Friday with a business meeting and games, and on fourth Fridays with a potluck supper and games. Games include Auction 45s, dominoes, Scrabble, Crokinole,and shuffleboard. Often two members play violin and trumpet as background music.
A political aspect of Pioneers is to send annual resolutions in to the Federation of Senior Citizens and Pensioners of Nova Scotia, and the resolutions passed at the federation’s convention are sent on to the Department of Seniors, who then arrange a government meeting for these resolutions to be discussed. Another political aspect is to participate in Cumberland County and provincial governments’ annual program naming volunteers of the year in categories for youth, adults, families and communities.
This year, the Pioneers themselves gave recognition to the Wentworth Volunteer Fire Department by asking them to attend our potluck supper and tell us about themselves. After the supper, firefighters Arden Little and Edison Lynds provided an information and demonstration session.
The first topic was a battery-powered blood pressure cuff, and, when Arden invited volunteers to come up for a demonstration, Eleanor Sprague, Edison Lynds and Dave Nichol complied. The next topic was on Automated External Defibrillation (AED). The training AED was shown and its operation described. For topic three, the operation of a medical oxygen bottle and mask were shown.
Topic four was a demonstration of a water rescue throw rope in a bag and topic five was a demonstration of a drag rescue device (DRD,) which is built into all newer firefighter bunker suits.
Attending were firefighters Joe Patriquin, Vernon Sprague, Orland Carter, Doug Gilroy, Curtis Swallow, Kevin Sprague, Norman Gower, Edison Lynds and Arden Little. The present executive consists of Fire Chief Kevin Sprague, deputy fire chief Arden Little, assistant deputy fire chief Norman Gower , secretary Conor Scallion and treasurer Sonya Seymour.
There are 26 members and two training officers, Norman Gower and Harold Smiley. There are training sessions, attendance at various events, education classes at Wentworth Elementary School, and service provided at accidents and fires.
The Wentworth Pioneers appreciate the volunteer service of these firefighters, who, at times ,risk their lives to save others.
The Pioneers were pleased to nominate 17-year-old Jordan Sprague as Youth Volunteer of the Year, District Six, to the Municipality of Cumberland, and in April, Jordan received this award at an Upper Nappan ceremony that included Ernest Gilbert (on behalf of MLA Murray Scott), Warden Keith Hunter, District Six Councillor Kathy Redmond and MP Scott Armstrong.
The Wentworth Pioneers compiled a report, examples and letters of support for Jordan’s nomination. His volunteer activities included the following: editor of the Wentworth Community Newsletter; editor of the Pugwash District High School Newspaper; youth tutor at the WCDC C@P site; youth community representative on the steering committee of the WCDC C@Site; producer/director for the annual Wentworth Volunteer Firefighters’ banquet of a still/picture video creation which has subtitles, music and continuing updates; and technician of the community digital projector when requested for community meetings.
Examples of his work as editor of the Wentworth Community Newsletter and as editor of The Panther Press ( the Pugwash District High School newspaper) were included. Letters of support were included from the Wentworth Community School, WCDC C@Site Steering Committee, Wentworth Volunteer Fire Department, Wentworth Pioneer Club, a community representative and a teacher from the Pugwash District High School.