Emily Henderson, 16, is definitely a busy teen. She is an elite athlete who trains up to six days a week while maintaining honours in school. But the Grade 10 W.H. Croxford High School student also somehow balances her schedule to allow her time for her other passion: volunteering. According to Kelsey Davidson, Henderson is a member of the Alberta BMX team, a two-time national champion and Worlds qualifier. Davidson says Henderson is also a wonderful role model who helps mentor younger riders, assists coaches at Airdrie BMX and volunteers at many community events, such as the Terry Fox Run and Quinn’s Legacy Run. “I appreciate her determination to make her succeed and her compassionate heart to care for others,” says Davidson. Henderson’s caring heart showed up early. At eight years old, she requested money, rather than gifts, for her birthday and donated the money to Airdrie Food Bank. Two years later, she shaved her head for cancer. She is still busy. She recently started a mentorship program with Big Brothers Big Sisters, in which she dedicates time each month to mentoring elementary school students. Henderson says volunteering is something that brings her great joy and encourages others to get involved. “I’ve never heard anyone say while volunteering that they hate it,” says Henderson. “[Volunteering] is really great for your mental health. It is good for your community, and it makes you feel better.”