Paradise’s citizen of the year developed values in St. Lawrence
Tara Lynch credits her sense of community to growing up on Burin Peninsula
Tara Lynch could probably use a volunteer to carry the scroll listing all her volunteer activities.
Originally from St. Lawrence, she chairs the school council at Ecole Holy Family in Paradise and was involved in the Santa Claus Breakfast, the Jingle Hop, and Family Fun Night. She was instrumental in bringing the Kids Eat Smart Breakfast program to the school and regularly volunteers for it. Lynch started a basketball program on Sundays for Grade 3 - 6 students.
She is the novice co-ordinator of the Paradise Minor Hockey Association and the director of publicity for the Mount PearlParadise Figure Skating Association. Tara volunteers at her church, Holy Family Parish and is also on a committee for the Rotary Paradise youth community center.
All that and she is the mother of two young kids and works fulltime as the events manager at Mile One Centre.
On April 18, Lynch was recognized as the Town of Paradise’s Citizen of the Year. Lynch said winning the award was “pretty exciting,” but she added, “getting nominated was enough for me.”
Lynch aligns her efforts with her kid’s extracurricular schedule. “I made the decision to get involved in the activities my kids were involved with and I just want to give back to the community.”
Glenn Sturge, president of the Mount Pearl-Paradise Figure Skating Association, said Lynch is “invaluable and always takes on much more than she signs up for. She helps out with everything. She’s there on weekends, she’s there night times, always with a smile on her face. She’s just amazing and I’m so glad she’s on our side, if we could have 6 to 7 more Tara Lynches the world would be a better place.”
Although she now calls Paradise home, Lynch was born and raised in St. Lawrence. She attested that’s where she developed her values.
“Coming from a small community, I volunteered in everything I could volunteer in. I was involved with the church and the sea cadets and a lot of other events. A big part of why I do what I do now is my kids aren’t from a small community so I want to instill that sense of community in them. I figure the easiest way is to get off my butt and get out there and volunteer and be a positive role model for them. I want to give them a sense of pride in where they are from.”
Lynch is grateful and honored by the recognition but indicated that everyone wins when folks volunteer their time and skills.
“I’m a big advocate for getting people involved and asking for people to give back to their community. It helps not-for-profit programming, it helps all the kids by giving them a positive role model and it cuts the costs of not-for-profit activities.
“Take minor hockey for example, our association is solely run by volunteers and if we didn’t have volunteers giving their time, the fees would be much, much more and there wouldn’t be minor hockey. It would be private hockey for profit and people wouldn’t be able to afford to participate then.”
A big part of why I do what I do now is my kids aren’t from a small community, so I want to instill that sense of community in them.
Tara Lynch accepts her award as the Town of Paradise’s Citizen of the Year.