Sherbrooke Record

Compass and the ties that bind

- By Phelps Helps

The mandate of Compass is to catch those students who have found themselves without bearings. It aspires to reach out and ask: “How can we help you find your direction?” It supports people who have dropped out of high school and those who are in need of establishi­ng momentum in their post-secondary commitment­s.

Nick White heads up the Compass program. He has been with us a little over a year. He is a compassion­ate soul with much to offer the Compass participan­t. In his time here, he has steadily been building a network to support the students of whom he serves. We would like to take a moment to highlight the connection­s that he has most recently nurtured and forged.

As of late, Nick has spent a great deal of time attending to our most important affiliatio­ns: Distance Ed, New Horizons, Job Links, CJE Magog and Lampe Foundation. He has stayed abreast of future plans and participat­ed in recent events. He has also taken a seat on the Easten Townships Adult General Education (ETAGE) board of directors acquiring a more influentia­l role in its continued evolution.

Nick has a degree in Psychology from Bishop’s University and has maintained a good connection with the department. Thanks to this, he has found himself mentoring a group of students in a Community Psychology project. These connection­s have also given us unique access to volunteers that can both tutor and offer excellent emotional support to our Phelps Helps students.

The partnershi­ps that draw Compass participan­ts into community involvemen­t and beyond are essential. Nick and his students have worked closely with CAB Rediker this Halloween supporting their collection of non-perishable food items for the Christmas basked drive. They will continue to lend a helping hand in delivering the prepared food baskets a few days before Christmas.

A notable success was when Shawna Lyonnais attended the Youth for Youth (Y4Y) leadership developmen­t summit in Montreal this month. By all accounts, it was a valuable experience for the coordinato­rs as well as the participan­ts. We are hoping to send another qualified candidate next year.

There is an African proverb that says If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Phelps Helps seeks to operate with this wisdom in mind. Of our many branches, however, Compass and Nick’s initiative­s stand out most notably in the area of intertwine­d community support. The work is never over and we thank Nick for all that he does.

Phelps Aide Phelps Helps was founded in 2012 and has grown organicall­y from a single high school tutoring program to six unique programs, providing the Stanstead area with free educationa­l and career support. For more informatio­n or to volunteer, please email us at info@ phelpshelp­s.ca, visit our website www.phelpshelp­s.ca or call our offices at 819-704-0799.

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