Submitted By Boys & Girls Club of Leduc
From the age of 6 Brittany Norton has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club in Wetaskiwin and Leduc. Through the years at the Club Brittany participated in the youth leadership development programs that the Club provides; a main component of the leadership programs is giving back to the Club and Community, in her 11 years as member it is estimated that she volunteered over 2500 hours of service.
At the age of 14 Brittany was interviewed by the Club’s Summer Coordinator and was hired on as a staff. Brittany has worked everyday since that moment. While working at the Boys and Girls Club Brittany maintained her honours academically throughout school. Brittany has saved her earnings for University, she has wanted to be a teacher or a social worker, working with people, helping people is something she has always done. This is Brittany’s last year as a member and staff of the Boys and Girls Club of Leduc, come September 1st she will be attending the UofA majoring in Education.
Her last summer with us here in Leduc has been full of adventure for Brittany, she just arrived home from a missions trip to Costa Rica with her School’s (Christ the King) Rotary Leadership group. This group of amazing individuals worked hard cleaning and painting different areas of an orphanage. Brittany’s fondest memories of that trip include playing with the children in the orphanage as well as getting to know her peers.
Brittany’s passion is working with children and youth. She has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of youth conferences, staff leadership training, and the Club’s all GIRLS only self esteem retreats promoting the healthy development of young girl’s self image and acceptance for who they are in today’s society.
Brittany has left a positive imprint in the lives of hundreds of children and youth that she was fortunate to meet.
Monday the August 20th was her first day back to work at the Boys and Girls Club and the morning started as usual with all the children assembled for the day, however there was a guest waiting for Brittany. Deputy Mayor Glen Finstad proudly presented Brittany with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her outstanding contribution and dedication to Leduc, the Boys and Girls Club and Canada.