Carter selected as Amherst youth volunteer honouree

ARHS student keeps busy with youth town council, theatre

Published on April 18, 2017

Eighteen-year-old Madelynn Carter has been honoured by the town of Amherst as its youth volunteer representative this year.

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AMHERST, N.S. – Madelynn Carter is 18 years old, and she has never played a video game.

The Amherst Regional High School student would likely not be able to find the time. When she’s not busy with her schoolwork, she can be found taking part with activities such as the Amherst Youth Town Council and the Tantramar Theatre Society.

I just love being around people, and the social aspect of it.

Madelynn Carter

For her efforts she has been selected as this year’s Amherst youth volunteer representative.

“I just love being around people, and the social aspect of it,” said Madelynn, about her volunteering. “I like meeting new people, and it really helps me learn about people in our community. It makes me realize how privileged and fortunate I am, and if I can help anybody feel that way, I think it’s a great experience.”

Her involvement with the theatre began when she was six weeks old, and appeared as a character in one of the local Tantramar Theatre productions. She has remained involved throughout her life, whether it has been as a performer, as an assistant instructor with the summer school, or working at the front of the house.

Since Grade 7 she has been a member of the Amherst Youth Town Council (AYTC) serving in roles such as chair, vice-chair and secretary, an experience she would recommend to any local young person.

“I think, for a youth, it gets them out of their shell,” said Madelynn. “I’ve never been a shy person, but I definitely think if you are, you should do AYTC or something like it.”

She was in the middle of an AYTC meeting when she received the news that the town was honouring her this year as its youth volunteer. While it was not something she had expected, she said she was appreciative and glad for the recognition.

Meanwhile, she is keeping busy balancing her extra-curricular involvements, which have also included serving on the ARHS students’ council and playing French horn in the school band, and her studies.

“It’s a little overwhelming sometimes,” said Madelynn. “I keep a daily planner. Most people my age don’t, but I’m always at events and stuff, and it helps me.”

It might help her next year too, when she will be attending Dalhousie University to study medical sciences. She has set her sights on a career in the health profession, although has not yet decided on what that will be.