Debbie Doell photo

Jace Thorsteinson named 2019 Youth Citizen of the Year

The Stettler Regional Board of Trade hosted the annual Business and Citizenship Awards Gala on Oct. 24th

By Jessica Jones

For the Independent

Jace Thorsteinson, named 2019 Youth Citizen of the Year, is using his voice to make a difference, even after he lost it temporarily from a traumatic brain injury four years ago.

The hard-working 18-year-old, who has just started his post-secondary education at Lakeland College in Vermilion, graduated from Stettler Secondary Campus in 2019.

He is known for being an event announcer for many local rodeos and associations.

After co-hosting a number of local rodeos, Thorsteinson was further invited to announce the Rising Stars at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

To date, Thorsteinson has announced over 48 events.

This comes as an astonishing feat considering the youth lost his voice for 32 days following a brain injury he received on Aug. 26th, 2015, while attempting to break in a steer for a high school rodeo.

“I was on the horse and fell off and hit my head,” Thorsteinson explained.

“I was in the ICU for nine days and got moved and had to live in Calgary (to undergo care) for five months.

“I couldn’t talk for 32 days but once I got my voice back, I haven’t shut up since,” he joked.

Thorsteinson says that he hit the right side of his head, which makes the left side of his body “weak.”

“I was completely paralyzed but some of that stuff has come back,” he said. “I can’t do a lot, and my running isn’t very good, and I can’t be doing a lot of fast stuff so that’s why I chose announcing,” he said.

Thorsteinson has done a number of school presentations on brain injury and has raised over $19,000 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital through a team roping jackpot. He hasn’t stopped there.

He plans on raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House in order to give back.

When asked how he feels about being recognized as Youth Citizen of the Year, Thorsteinson says he feels “honoured” and “appreciative.

“I was surprised because I had no idea that anyone was even watching what I was doing, it’s cool,” he said.

“I feel honoured that the work I have done, and did in the past year, was noticed. It’s an awesome feeling,” Thorsteinson added.

The remarkable young man has some words of advice for other youth, which hold true to the reason he was nominated for the 2019 Youth Citizen of the Year Award.

“Get out there and help in any way you can,” he said.

“Even if you can’t do that much, just be there and ask around to see if anyone needs help, because they might have a job just for you, and do that job to the best of your abilities.”

Thorsteinson plans on staying in the Stettler-Central Alberta area as an active community member and hopes to keep announcing rodeo events for as long as he is able.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Stettler’s Big Brothers Big Sisters has plenty of events lined up for the first part of 2020

January is Mentoring Month across Canada and throughout North America

Cattle Show set to return to Stettler Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st

“Stettler, historically, has been a very strong cattle community. It was a real hub for the cattle industry.”

RCMP Major Crimes Unit lays charges in Stettler death

Nicholas Climb Johnson, 32, of Stettler is charged with second degree murder in the death of his father

RCMP remind drivers about dangers of unlocked and idling vehicles

Leaving a vehicle running unattended creates a situation that criminals find difficult to resist

Stettler Junior Curlers traveled to the Wetaskiwin bonspiel Jan. 11th and 12th

Coming up on Feb. 8th and 9th, the Club will be hosting its own junior bonspiel with 28 teams registered

Rebels fight back from 3-1 Raider lead to win 4-3 in shootout

Two goals by Zak Smith key to Rebels comeback

‘Extensive’ work planned at Big Bar landslide ahead of salmon, steelhead migration

Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan visited the site of the slide from June

Royal deal clears way for Harry, Meghan part-time Canada move: experts

Keith Roy of the Monarchist League of Canada said the deal is exactly what Harry and Meghan asked for

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

RCMP Major Crimes Unit lays charges in Stettler death

Nicholas Climb Johnson, 32, of Stettler is charged with second degree murder in the death of his father

Metis nations ask Ottawa to negotiate directly with them, not national body

Three provincial Metis nations will work through the national council until after the federal government releases its 2020 budget

Most Read