Later this week, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association will be naming the finalists for its annual Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year competition
And, as you can read on Page 9 of this week’s edition of The Standard, we were pleased to nominate a pair of local young people for this award, Joshua Morrison and Hayden Prince, who happen to be in the same class at Joseph Gould Public School in Uxbridge.
For as long as there have been young people, there have been those who bemoan about ‘kids these days,’ but with young people like this calling North Durham home, we should count ourselves lucky to have such great citizens in our midst, and what it bodes for our future.
These two are by no means the only young people in this area striving to make the world a better place, in fact on our front page this week, there are two little girls who raised money for the hospital in Port Perry, and recently, music students at Port Perry High School raised money for a young girl in the community battling cancer.
We often get bogged down in the bad news, and unfortunately there is still a lot of it. But, it’s great to see these sorts of good news stories get the attention that they so rightfully deserve.
Last week, Uxbridge councillors lamented the lack of volunteers in the community upon hearing that the local Optimist Club’s membership has shrunk to a dozen people. And it’s sad that this is becoming a frequent occurrence with many local service clubs who have provided so much for our communities over the years. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see and hear that the spirit of giving back to the community is alive and well in so many of our young people.
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