Best of the West: Ra­hel Porter

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial - BY GARY SHAW

We have some great young peo­ple among us is Labrador West. There is no bet­ter ex­am­ple of this than Ra­hel Porter.

Ra­hel, 15, was born in Labrador West. She is cur­rently a Grade 10 stu­dent at Meni­hek High School.

She is a true Labradorian with solid roots and an im­pres­sive list of pos­i­tive ac­com­plish­ments for some­one of her young age.

Ra­hel has an abil­ity to bal­ance her time and ef­forts in many ar­eas. This comes from her drive to grow and learn from the things that pique her in­ter­ests as pos­si­ble, and the con­stant and many les­sons of pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment from her par­ents.

Ra­hel does well at school and has for the past two years re­ceived a Merit Award at school for achiev­ing an 85 per cent av­er­age or more in her over­all marks.

Al­though there are many doors that will open for her as she hones her aca­demic di­rec­tion, Ra­hel has her sights set on a ca­reer in the den­tal hy­gien­ist field.

She works hard at school and also en­joys the so­cial net­work of friends and ac­tiv­i­ties that go with her cir­cle of friends at school. They are a close-knit group with like-minded goals that also play a role in pos­i­tive sup­port for each other.

Ra­hel has a busy sched­ule out­side the class­room as well. She has al­ready com­pleted eight years of pri­vate pi­ano les­sons. Her abil­ity and de­sire has seen here play in spring and Christ­mas recitals, as well as at her church and youth groups.

She has also given of her Fif­teen-year-old Ra­hel Porter

time and ef­forts at her church through Sun­day School ac­tiv­i­ties as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing as an elf in the Santa Claus pre­sen­ta­tion to chil­dren of the com­mu­nity.

Ra­hel has been an ac­tive face painter for chil­dren in the ini­tia­tives that are or­ga­nized for the well­ness of the com­mu­nity at large.

She has also been in­volved in the lo­gis­ti­cal and fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives for Ron­ald McDon­ald House, which pro­vides much-needed sup­port for fam­i­lies among us who need help at crit­i­cal times in their lives.

Ra­hel rolls up her sleeves and is also hands on in help­ing with the Pan­cake Christ­mas Break­fast events that are an an­nual part of com­mu­nity life in Labrador West.

She is ac­tively in­volved in the con­tri­bu­tions and col­lec­tions for the lo­cal food bank that pro­vides a much-needed ini­tia­tive to those in the com­mu­nity that need help at the very grass root level.

Ra­hel is also ac­tive in the lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port and ef­forts re­quired to de­liver pro­grams to the 200 chil­dren from the com­mu­nity who take part in Vo­ca­tional Bi­ble School each sum­mer.

Ra­hel is in­volved in all of these ini­tia­tives, as well as some­how find­ing time to en­joy fam­ily and friend time in the out­doors of Labrador. Snow­mo­bil­ing and Seadoo time on the lake at their cabin, sum­mer and win­ter ice fish­ing, as well as some ptarmi­gan hunt­ing and set­ting rab­bit slips — all ac­tiv­i­ties Ra­hel en­joys at the cabin.

Ra­hel is one of our “Best of the West” young peo­ple that will con­tinue to make her fam­ily and our com­mu­nity at large proud, by her con­tin­ued ac­tions, wait and see.


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