From the heart

Vol­un­teer­ing an im­por­tant part of high school stu­dent’s life.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cb­post.com

Cameryn Evans’ late fa­ther left her a gift she car­ries with her ev­ery day.

“My dad was al­ways in­volved in the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially as a coach, and he really in­spired me,” Evans said of her fa­ther Terry Evans who died in 2010. “He passed on this pas­sion for giv­ing back and for me it’s such an im­por­tant part of my ev­ery day life.

“Tak­ing a lit­tle part of your day to help others adds so much to your life. Some­times, just that one small lit­tle thing you do … can change some­one’s life, which is such a won­der­ful thing.”

Evans, who cur­rently has a 95 av­er­age, is ac­tive in sports as a player, men­tor and a ref­eree and at school, where among other things she is a good­will am­bas­sador as a go-be­tween for fac­ulty and stu­dents. She also as­sists se­niors with cur­rent is­sues and is a mem­ber of stu­dent coun­cil.

Along with play­ing var­sity bas­ket­ball and soc­cer, she plans to try out for Me­mo­rial’s rugby team this spring.

Evans hopes to stay in­volved with school and com­mu­nity when she heads off to Hal­i­fax for univer­sity in the fall.

“My mom Gerry, she is my staunch­est critic and my big­gest sup­porter in ev­ery­thing I do, es­pe­cially after my dad passed away,” Evans said. “She really pushed through it and I found that so in­spir­ing.”

Evans also serves on the North­side The Lakes Com­mu­nity Health Board and vol­un­teers at the North­side Com­mu­nity Guest Home where she helps serve meals, reads to the res­i­dents and as­sists with re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties as di­rected.

“Us­ing some of the older tunes, I’m hop­ing to de­velop an ex­er­cise pro­gram for the res­i­dents, in­clud­ing those in wheel­chairs. Go­ing to the guest home, there are so many sto­ries and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, it really is amaz­ing.”

Evans’ long-term plan is to be­come a den­tal sur­geon or per­haps an or­tho­don­tist.

“When I was young, my teeth were really messed up be­fore I got braces, which def­i­nitely changed my life. I saw how mak­ing this type of im­prove­ment changes how you feel about your­self and builds con­fi­dence,” she said. “At some point I’d like to get in­volved in Op­er­a­tion Smile, I think that is a won­der­ful pro­gram that can make such a dif­fer­ence for so many peo­ple.

“There’s school, study­ing, sports, vol­un­teer­ing and I also work at McDon­ald’s so my days are pretty struc­tured. That’s the way I like it be­cause it keeps me or­ga­nized,” she said.

“Re­ceiv­ing the President’s Schol­ar­ship at the Mount (St. Vin­cent Univer­sity), that is def­i­nitely my big­gest achieve­ment and I’m con­fi­dent I’ll be able to main­tain my grades so I can keep that schol­ar­ship.”

As for vol­un­teer­ing, Evans said for the rest of her life she wants to try and make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.

“I don’t know where that will take me, but wher­ever I am help­ing others will be im­por­tant to me. It makes me feel like a bet­ter per­son, it’s great.”

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Cameryn Evans, the re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious four-year President’s Schol­ar­ship from Mount St. Vin­cent that cov­ers ev­ery­thing from tu­ition to books and food, plans to study sci­ence and chem­istry at the Hal­i­fax univer­sity in the fall.

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