Youth in motion

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Erica Everett has a lot of energy.

So the youth, who is in Grade 12 at Waterdown District High School, spends a lot of time making things happen.

"I hate having nothing to do," she laughed. "I love being out; I hate sitting at home doing nothing."

Everett also loves to help others, and has been involved in a myriad of projects - and she's been nominated for a special honour as a result.

Thanks to her initiative in taking on the Cops For Cancer fundraiser at WDHS, Everett became involved with the staff at the Hamilton office of the Canadian Cancer Society. The fundraising advisor there, Bethany Jones, was so impressed that she had to let everyone know.

So Jones nominated Everett for the Ontario Community Newspapers Association's (OCNA) Junior Citizen of the Year Award (an honour that Waterdown's Tricia Riddell earned last year).

"Erica has always been her own self. She is not a follower, but a leader," wrote Jones. "When she was 15 she shaved her hair off at the Cops for Cancer and raised money to support the cause...The next year Erica organized the event and many of her friends helped her and they too raised money and some shaved off their hair."

Everett, who is unsure of her career direction but knows it will be something that will benefit others, admits she didn't know much about organizing a fundraiser when she took on the Cops for Cancer event. But she didn't let that stop her.

"I had no idea what I was doing," she said. "But Beth at the Cancer Society helped out with organizing the money and getting the hair to Lock of Love, and provided hats and T-shirts. I was just hoping the day was going to go well."

And things did go well. So much so, that Everett has joined the committee that is planning Flamborough's first Relay for Life event this spring.

In addition to the Cancer Society projects, Everett's energies also focus on a number of other activities.

For two years, she volunteered with the Dunk & Dive program at Burlington's Tansley Woods pool, helping mentally and physically challenged teens enjoy swimming and she has been involved with the Central Ontario Leadership Seminar (COLS) and is vice-president and treasurer of the Ontario Hamilton Halton Alumni Association leadership program.

At school, Everett takes on leadership roles, as a member of SOLID (2005) and as part of the student council. For her contributions, she has been nominated for this year's Waterdown Award, which is awarded to the WDHS graduating student who has been involved in the school and the wider community.

If that weren't enough to keep her busy, the 17-year-old plays rep soccer, and on the school team. This semester, while participating in the school Outbound program, she also hopes to try out rugby.

WDHS teacher Diana Boatman, in her support of the OCNA nomination, describes Everett as "an outstanding young woman who is well-respected by both her peers and teachers," adding that she doesn't hesitate to take on responsibility.

"Erica approaches life and school with a very positive attitude, and this rubs off on those around her," she added.

The OCNA will announce the recipients of this year's Junior Citizen of the Year Awards early this month. Winners will be presented with their award at the OCNA's Spring Convention in Toronto on March 31.

Youth in motion

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Erica Everett has a lot of energy.

So the youth, who is in Grade 12 at Waterdown District High School, spends a lot of time making things happen.

"I hate having nothing to do," she laughed. "I love being out; I hate sitting at home doing nothing."

Everett also loves to help others, and has been involved in a myriad of projects - and she's been nominated for a special honour as a result.

Thanks to her initiative in taking on the Cops For Cancer fundraiser at WDHS, Everett became involved with the staff at the Hamilton office of the Canadian Cancer Society. The fundraising advisor there, Bethany Jones, was so impressed that she had to let everyone know.

So Jones nominated Everett for the Ontario Community Newspapers Association's (OCNA) Junior Citizen of the Year Award (an honour that Waterdown's Tricia Riddell earned last year).

"Erica has always been her own self. She is not a follower, but a leader," wrote Jones. "When she was 15 she shaved her hair off at the Cops for Cancer and raised money to support the cause...The next year Erica organized the event and many of her friends helped her and they too raised money and some shaved off their hair."

Everett, who is unsure of her career direction but knows it will be something that will benefit others, admits she didn't know much about organizing a fundraiser when she took on the Cops for Cancer event. But she didn't let that stop her.

"I had no idea what I was doing," she said. "But Beth at the Cancer Society helped out with organizing the money and getting the hair to Lock of Love, and provided hats and T-shirts. I was just hoping the day was going to go well."

And things did go well. So much so, that Everett has joined the committee that is planning Flamborough's first Relay for Life event this spring.

In addition to the Cancer Society projects, Everett's energies also focus on a number of other activities.

For two years, she volunteered with the Dunk & Dive program at Burlington's Tansley Woods pool, helping mentally and physically challenged teens enjoy swimming and she has been involved with the Central Ontario Leadership Seminar (COLS) and is vice-president and treasurer of the Ontario Hamilton Halton Alumni Association leadership program.

At school, Everett takes on leadership roles, as a member of SOLID (2005) and as part of the student council. For her contributions, she has been nominated for this year's Waterdown Award, which is awarded to the WDHS graduating student who has been involved in the school and the wider community.

If that weren't enough to keep her busy, the 17-year-old plays rep soccer, and on the school team. This semester, while participating in the school Outbound program, she also hopes to try out rugby.

WDHS teacher Diana Boatman, in her support of the OCNA nomination, describes Everett as "an outstanding young woman who is well-respected by both her peers and teachers," adding that she doesn't hesitate to take on responsibility.

"Erica approaches life and school with a very positive attitude, and this rubs off on those around her," she added.

The OCNA will announce the recipients of this year's Junior Citizen of the Year Awards early this month. Winners will be presented with their award at the OCNA's Spring Convention in Toronto on March 31.

Youth in motion

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Erica Everett has a lot of energy.

So the youth, who is in Grade 12 at Waterdown District High School, spends a lot of time making things happen.

"I hate having nothing to do," she laughed. "I love being out; I hate sitting at home doing nothing."

Everett also loves to help others, and has been involved in a myriad of projects - and she's been nominated for a special honour as a result.

Thanks to her initiative in taking on the Cops For Cancer fundraiser at WDHS, Everett became involved with the staff at the Hamilton office of the Canadian Cancer Society. The fundraising advisor there, Bethany Jones, was so impressed that she had to let everyone know.

So Jones nominated Everett for the Ontario Community Newspapers Association's (OCNA) Junior Citizen of the Year Award (an honour that Waterdown's Tricia Riddell earned last year).

"Erica has always been her own self. She is not a follower, but a leader," wrote Jones. "When she was 15 she shaved her hair off at the Cops for Cancer and raised money to support the cause...The next year Erica organized the event and many of her friends helped her and they too raised money and some shaved off their hair."

Everett, who is unsure of her career direction but knows it will be something that will benefit others, admits she didn't know much about organizing a fundraiser when she took on the Cops for Cancer event. But she didn't let that stop her.

"I had no idea what I was doing," she said. "But Beth at the Cancer Society helped out with organizing the money and getting the hair to Lock of Love, and provided hats and T-shirts. I was just hoping the day was going to go well."

And things did go well. So much so, that Everett has joined the committee that is planning Flamborough's first Relay for Life event this spring.

In addition to the Cancer Society projects, Everett's energies also focus on a number of other activities.

For two years, she volunteered with the Dunk & Dive program at Burlington's Tansley Woods pool, helping mentally and physically challenged teens enjoy swimming and she has been involved with the Central Ontario Leadership Seminar (COLS) and is vice-president and treasurer of the Ontario Hamilton Halton Alumni Association leadership program.

At school, Everett takes on leadership roles, as a member of SOLID (2005) and as part of the student council. For her contributions, she has been nominated for this year's Waterdown Award, which is awarded to the WDHS graduating student who has been involved in the school and the wider community.

If that weren't enough to keep her busy, the 17-year-old plays rep soccer, and on the school team. This semester, while participating in the school Outbound program, she also hopes to try out rugby.

WDHS teacher Diana Boatman, in her support of the OCNA nomination, describes Everett as "an outstanding young woman who is well-respected by both her peers and teachers," adding that she doesn't hesitate to take on responsibility.

"Erica approaches life and school with a very positive attitude, and this rubs off on those around her," she added.

The OCNA will announce the recipients of this year's Junior Citizen of the Year Awards early this month. Winners will be presented with their award at the OCNA's Spring Convention in Toronto on March 31.