Glace Bay woman looking for votes as she tries to make a dif­fer­ence in the world

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE

re­sult of a com­bined vote from the pub­lic and the score from the judges. The win­ner, and a friend, will re­ceive a vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence in Kenya.

McNeil is ask­ing the pub­lic to vote for her un­til the con­test ends Feb. 28.

“If I am cho­sen I hope to work on a project in Kenya that in­volves sports with chil­dren. There are a lot of se­ri­ous lessons kids can learn from sports — life lessons and dis­ci­pline — but in the end it is the sim­ple fact that kids, no mat­ter where they are in the world, just want to have fun.

“I have vol­un­teered a lot lo­cally, but I have not had suf­fi­cient in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence. I feel that this is im­por­tant to me in or­der to grow as a hu­man rights stu­dent, as well as a ci­ti­zen of the world.”

McNeil has vol­un­teered lo­cally with Stu­dents Help­ing Oth­ers Un­der­stand Tol­er­ance, she has helped or­ga­nize a shoe drive with her cross-coun­try team for Shoes for Peru, she has been a coach, a peer tu­tor and worked with refugees.

If she wins the con­test, she will be joined in Kenya by her friend Claire McNeil, a bach­e­lor of ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity.

Claire McNeil is in­volved with the Girl Guides of Canada, coaches at St. Michael’s Ju­nior High School and was a vol­un­teer at a school in Gre­nada through St. Fran­cis Xavier Uni­ver­sity’s Ex­tend­ing Hope pro­gram.

“She would bring a lot to the ta­ble if she was able to come to Kenya with me.”

Peo­ple can go on­line and read McNeil’s story and vote for her at www.re­drosetea.ca/rea­choutwith­re­drose/ es­say­con­test/ es­say­search.aspx#.

Sub­mit­ted by Lauren McNeil

Lauren McNeil (third from the left), has fun with mem­bers of the St. Michael’s Ju­nior High School cross-coun­try run­ning team in Glace Bay, which she coaches. McNeil is tak­ing in the Reach out with Red Rose Tea con­test and is ask­ing the pub­lic to read her es­say and vote for her sub­mis­sion. Front, Mitchell Bai­ley and, back from left, Chrissy Smith, Vic­to­ria Somer­ton, Lauren McNeil, Matthew James, John McNeil, Jes­sica Hardy, coach Claire McNeil and Emma McNeil.

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