CANMORE – Local youths have joined forces to encourage change throughout the community with the newly established service club, the Canmore Leos.
The Canmore Leos is a volunteer club for youths aged 12 to 18-years-old. It is known worldwide in association with the larger volunteer organization, the Lions Club International.
“Leo itself means leadership, experience and opportunity ... and that’s what we hope to teach the members of the club,” said Bryan Scriven, Leos Club Advisor and Lions Club member.
According to the Lions International website, the Leos club is over 50-years-old with nearly 175,000 members across 145 different countries. Last year alone, the worldwide youth club completed a total of 24,038 projects.
“They learn leadership … that builds confidence and that’s something that we want to see in all young kids,” Bryan said.
The father-daughter volunteer duo, Bryan and Brooke Scriven are both members of the international serving club. Bryan, along with his daughter, who is now president of the newly appointed Canmore Leos Club, are working together to serve the Canmore community.
Brooke started volunteering with her dad when he’d bring her along different Lions Club volunteering events and since then she has been an active member of the community. Although the youth group has only started earlier this year, it has already made efforts throughout the community.
Its latest volunteer endeavour was a community clothing and food drive. Canmore Leos members went door-to-door to collect winter clothing for the Mustard Seed and non-perishable canned foods for the local food bank.
Brooke said that the Leos are looking forward to next year where they hope to tackle more volunteer initiatives.
“Next year, we’re going to have a lot more opportunities. We want to dive into our great ideas and getting into working more with the community and seeing that impact,” Brooke said.
“We have so many [ideas] – I know every person in the group has contributed [ideas] to do, so we have this bucket list that we want to do,” she added.
In the meantime, the Leos will be helping out around the community wherever needed. This upcoming September, the Leos plan to offer its services to the Community Food and Friends at St. Michael’s Anglican Church that takes place every Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.