The Heartland Youth Centre (HYC) held its 26th Annual Awesome Auction, with about 310 people attending and about $85,000 raised.
The HYC is home to Stettler and area Boys and Girls Club and the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. These two groups offer 20 different programs for youth aged six to 18. They provide mentorship, social recreation, leadership skill development, community service opportunities and social skill development.
“The support the HYC receives from the community is phenomenal not only in terms of financial support, but also volunteers, and opportunities for the youth,” said Executive Director Winnie Bissett. “An example of a great community volunteer is Bernie Jackson, coming right from her business after closing on Saturday, walks into the hall, right to the kitchen and starts washing dishes – ‘just to help out.’; another example, Terry Syson, calling in to offer his trailer and himself to help haul items to the hall. There are so many stories of awesome volunteers that help us.”
Bissett said the HYC board and members strive to lead through example, provide opportunities for the youth to get involved and give back to the community.
“This comes full circle – as I have been at HYC for 29 years, and currently a past youth member is now our board chairperson; also one other board member is a past youth member. Many of our business donors were HYC members in the past. Many of the volunteers at the auction were past members.”