Greater Vancouver Area, British Columbia
BC-Y Youth Spokespeople
By Shakil Jessa, Youth Spokesperson
This year, all the new Scouts Canada Youth Spokespeople from British Columbia traveled to Montreal, Quebec for media training. We learned a lot about media and Good Turn Week. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a part of Good Turn Week and since have become the project lead on the BC-Y Youth Spokesperson’s Good Turn Week project.
The Good Turn Week project #CansforCoffee is a youth-led initiative with one goal – to give out 5000 cups of coffee, tea and hot chocolate in exchange for 5000 cans of non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. During the spring and summer seasons, the food banks are at an all time low for donations, so we are hoping on bringing up this number so less people go hungry this summer.
We will be located at Superstore on Grandview highway on April 30th and May 1st. We are hoping to get support from the general public who will be shopping that day at the local supermarket.
The goal of Good Turn Week is to make the lives of other’s better, without the need for recognition or appreciation. We are hoping that the public will come out and support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and hopefully we will be able to make their day by giving them a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
I have teamed up with Pacific Coast Council Youth Commissioner Benjamin Ng as well as the local Area Youth Commissioners to make this event possible. There has been a lot of hard work and effort put in towards this event, and all of the project chairs and Scouters involved really hope that this event will be made into a success.
This event is a great example of putting the Canadian Path into play. This event was proposed by a youth, and is completely run by the youth. We are working with guidance from Scouters but are acting in leadership roles and are learning a lot. This event shows, that even if you are young, you can still work towards a goal that may seem to advances, but it’s not!
I really hopes that this event will attract a lot of outside support, especially from the local Vancouver residences, so spread the word this #GoodTurnWeek.