We are delighted to announce that Avery Spence-Warner, who graduated from Linden earlier this year and is presently studying at Laurier University, has received the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award for devoting 1489 hours to volunteer work during her four years in high school.
“Volunteering is an investment in our community. If you make it fun, it's fun. If you make it unenjoyable, then it will become unenjoyable,” says Avery.
The award was presented by MPP Eric Hoskins' office in recognition of Avery's time spent with St. Paul's Anglican Church on Bloor Street, as well as various other organizations. Avery is especially proud of her work with Ontario Pioneer Camp, where she spent 252 hours volunteering as part of their leadership training program.
Avery has also spent time visiting, playing guitar, and singing for shut-ins (people who are too ill to leave their homes). She has also led a team to prepare and serve meals to 500 people at Cornerstone soup kitchen in Regent Park, as well as preparing and delivering snacks to the Toronto City Mission's St. Jamestown after-school program. Her work includes participating in Night of Worship (NOW) by helping to lead the music worship team, taking care of toddlers and babies at Sunday School, and being a weekly youth leader at St. Paul's Bloor Street.
Congratulations Avery. We are very proud of you!