Loyalist student inspired to work with troubled youth

By: David Tuan Bui

BELLEVILLE – When reading local news stories involving youth within the community, a Loyalist College student was inspired to volunteer in the hopes of making a difference. Jonathan Southward, 20, a community justice student at Loyalist College, hopes to shape young lives to lead them down right paths in life. "I started seeing certain people (kids) that made the news because of their criminal justice behaviour," he said. His community service focuses on improving the lives of children of all kinds. In the future, he wants to work with children that have criminal problems to get them on the right track.

Community benefits through gardening, says garden club president

 

By Syerra Turry

BELLEVILLE – After spending four years as the Belleville Garden Club’s secretary, Loyalist College employee Barbara Hayward stepped up to assume the volunteer role of president for the past two years when no one else would. “I knew how it all worked and what needed to be done. A lot of people are scared of this kind of position,” she said. The Garden Club is a non-profit group that aims to foster an interest in horticulture among its members and improvement in the Belleville community. Hayward organizes meetings, speakers, events, plant sales, bus trips and is responsible for reporting to the Ontario Horticultural Association.

Calling for better mental health

By Sarah Law

BELLEVILLE – Mental health patients are only a phone call away from friendship thanks to volunteers such as 86-year-old Maurice Campbell, who has helped the Canadian Mental Health Association of Hastings and Prince Edward for over 14 years. Campbell is one of four volunteers for the organization’s assertive telephone outreach program. He says he comes in every Friday for a few hours and reaches out to 10-12 people every shift who suffer from mental illness. Patients are referred to the organization by their caseworkers, doctors or others who care for them. “It just seemed to be something that I’d like doing,” says Campbell, who learned about the position from an ad in the newspaper and decided he was interested in seeing what the organization was all about.