Cassidy Hull, a long time youth participant and volunteer at the Sooke Fall Fair won Youth Volunteer of the Year award at BC Fairs. She quickly became the darling of the BC Fairs conference as she networked and promoted youth at the fair.
Here is the Youth Nominee write-up that led to her recognition (by Fall Fair President Ellen Lewers):
Introducing Cassidy Hull, volunteer extraordinaire!
I would like to introduce our youth nominee for 2017, Cassidy Hull; she has held a position as section head for Youth Literacy for several years at our Sooke Fall Fair. She is currently 16 years old, and is attending Edward Milne Community School as an honor student. She is not only involved in all of our Sooke community events, but she is also a big part of her school’s philanthropy award winning leadership team, and continuously helps others by tutoring them in the math and sciences.
Cassidy has been entering in the Sooke Fair since she was a preschooler; always fixing the tables, making sure her mom picked everything up at the end. She never cared if it was a big blue ribbon or just an ‘I entered’, she always looks on the bright side, and is proud of her entries, and the hard work she put into them. Coming into the junior section, she asked her mom “How can we help,” and that’s when all the recruiting started. It wasn’t long, before her outstanding effort came to light with her first place ribbons, and trophies. Cass always help’s anyone who needs it, and has a wonderful demeanor.
Over the years Cassidy has been volunteering with the Girl Guides (for more than 10 years) and completing the Lady Baden Powel challenge. As early as 12 she was doing conservation and eco-friendly programs with CRD water, local shore clean ups and of course raising money for cookies to help camp.
Cassidy is an exceptional volunteer; somehow, she manages to not only do all this volunteering, but also stay on the honor role. Her academic excellence is very important to her. Since high school (Grade 9) she has been a grade ahead in Math and English. She is currently has an A in her Pre-Calculus 12 class.
At the age of 14 she was thrilled when asked to take over her own section (Junior Literacy). Because of Cassidy, this section has thrived and moved onto social media and email. She also helps with other fair associated events, like our car show that takes many hours and weekends to put together. She also makes the extra effort to come to our monthly meetings, and participate in as many of our events as possible. We can always count on her. She is very reliable and enjoys coming to meetings and taking on new responsibilities.
Cassidy is also very talented, this year she knitted a dress for a baby that won both, ‘most outstanding entry in youth’, and ‘best entry in knitting or sewing.’
With the knowledge and friendships she has gained we have watched her skills grow and learn so much from others. Cassidy is turning into a generous and kind young lady. In the past year she has shown her business skills and is participating in our Christmas Craft Fair selling everything from her knitting, acrylic paintings and crochet work.
Cassidy never seems to need recognition when doing things and always puts others first. We are very happy to nominate Cassidy and support her on her future endeavors. Trustworthy, capable and honest are only some of the words we could use to describe her.
Taking direction and following through are definitely Cassidy’s· strong points. She sees a need and fills a need getting her own volunteers if needed. We see Cassidy jumping in with input and counting entries and making sure tallies for winners are correct. Making sure rosettes are in place and trophies are ready for her section.
We think Cassidy is a pillar in her youth community and is leading with the right attitude and goals for everyone. Recently she has been accepted to be a part of WE-FOR-SHE DAY and National Philanthropy Day.
These things are just a small piece of what Cassidy does in her community and for others. We value her contribution and recognize not all youth show the dedication and sincerity toward others and their community.
I think Cassidy Hull is a young member of our community showing others the path for success and kindness along the way. She is outstanding and we are proud of her and her accomplishments, at such a young age you don’t always get to see such brightness in our young volunteers.
Sooke Fall Fair, President