February 27, 2018
Despite being just 20, Caitlin Taylor has logged hundreds of hours of local volunteer time. The 2015 St. Martin de Porres High School graduate began her volunteer career in middle school and increased her commitment in senior high after a personal battle with anxiety and depression that began in Grade 10.
She found giving back to the community was a big part in helping her manage her struggles. “Volunteerism can be a fun getaway,” says Taylor, who is a third-year university student pursuing a degree in education. “It gives you a break from the stressful realities of life.”
The added benefits of making new friends, acquiring new skills and enabling others in her community to enjoy life keep Taylor excited about being involved.
The student can often be found behind the scenes, whether it’s in her role as an event manager for Volunteer Airdrie, working at a local parade or picking up garbage during a highway cleanup.
Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
David Maffitt of Volunteer Airdrie says Taylor is “a passionate, personable, creative, highly intelligent and enthusiastic person” who is great to work with.
“I sincerely believe we have just seen the beginning of what promises to be an extraordinary life of service to others,” says Maffitt of Taylor.
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