Congratulations to Maria Kirby-Breen, 2019 Nova Scotia Youth Volunteer Award

I rose today in the House of Assembly to congratulate 17 year old Maria Kirby-Breen, from Chester, who was recently awarded the 2019 Nova Scotia Youth Volunteer Award.

Ms. Kirby-Breen’s love of people, wildlife and the environment are demonstrated through her active and diverse volunteer engagements. Maria began her commitment to volunteering in Grade 6 when she raised over $600 for the Chester Food Bank.

Maria has worked to support grandmothers raising grandchildren orphaned in Africa by the HIV-AIDS epidemic. Closer to home, she works as a volunteer in the Youth Program at the Chester Playhouse.

A committed environmentalist, Maria has served on the board of the Friends of Nature Conservation Society, and is one of the founders of her school’s Environment Committee.

Recently, Maria was a co-presenter before the Council for the Municipality of Chester that resulted in a grant to install refillable water stations at Forest Heights Community School.

I invite everyone to join me in congratulating Maria on the 2019 Nova Scotia Youth Volunteer Award, and to wish her well in all her future endeavours!