Youth Lead­er­ship: Matthew Nut­brown

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MatthewNut­brown is a phe­nom­e­nal mem­ber of the Len­noxville Youth Cen­ter team and ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the com­mu­nity – near and abroad. Matthew has been an an­i­ma­tor at the youth cen­ter since April 2012. Since that time, I’ve had to op­por­tu­nity to get to know Matthew and it has be­come very ev­i­dent that his com­mu­nity is very im­por­tant to him. His work within the com­mu­nity goes un­no­ticed; how­ever, I hope to change that to­day.

Aside from be­ing an an­i­ma­tor at the youth cen­ter, a busy ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent, and rugby player at Bishop’s Univer­sity, Matthew still finds the time to vol­un­teer as a coach for the Alexan­der Galt foot­ball team. His pas­sion for sports and work­ing with youth is very ap­par­ent. Matthew, for a sec­ond year, worked at the Len­noxville Day Camp this sum­mer. The week af­ter day camp ended, he vol­un­teered his time for a sports camp – where many of the day campers at­tended. His out­go­ing per­son­al­ity and ded­i­cated na­ture make for a tremen­dous role model on and off the field. Be­sides vol­un­teer­ing on the field, he has do­nated his time to soup kitchens and has worked with the Coali­tion des Tra­vailleurs de Rues, bring­ing sand­wiches to the hard­work­ing street work­ers.

While Matthew con­tin­ues to be very ac­tive within the Len­noxville com­mu­nity, he has also gone abroad to vol­un­teer his time. Ear­lier this year, Matthew went to Aus­tralia and worked with an or­ga­ni­za­tion called “Youth with a Mis­sion.” His main du­ties con­sisted of work­ing with youth in abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties in Pa­pua New Guinea and var­i­ous other lo­ca­tions in Aus­tralia. He strives to make a dif­fer­ence, whether it is in our own back­yard, or on the other side of the world. He has played a ma­jor role in the lo­gis­ti­cal plan­ning of the youth cen­ter’s up­com­ing New Or­leans hu­man­i­tar­ian trip. He has taken it upon him­self to help pre­pare our youth for what they are about to ex­pe­ri­ence. Matthew con­tin­ues to prove that when you have a pas­sion, not even bor­ders can limit you.

Matthew is a prime ex­am­ple of a young cit­i­zen who truly cares about his com­mu­nity and it shows. He works hard and strives to make a dif­fer­ence – no mat­ter how big or small the out­come. He is an out­stand­ing role model for ev­ery sin­gle young per­son whom he comes in con­tact with. His happy dis­po­si­tion and great sense of hu­mour are ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one who knows him. It is a priv­i­lege to work with such an ac­com­plished young man, and at the age of twenty, that is some­thing to be ex­tremely proud of. Matthew has had a bright past, so I can’t even imag­ine how bright his fu­ture will be.

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