Lexie Stewart is participating in an upcoming exchange program with youth from Zeballos, a small First Nations community located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.
The youth from Zeballos will be coming to Ottawa in February for a week, and the Ottawa youth will be travelling to BC during the March Break.
This is part of a federal government program that is being coordinated in Ottawa by Rev. Hilary Merritt, the Youth and Young Adult Minister at Ottawa Presbytery, and it includes 20 youth from United Churches throughout the Ottawa area.
The Membership Relations Committee (MRC) sponsored the Presbytery Dinner on January 12, 2016, and kindly offered to donate the proceeds from the dinner to the Ottawa youth going to Zeballos to help offset some of their costs. In all, there were about 20 youth from the Zeballos trip who volunteered at the Presbytery Dinner, including Lexie Stewart. Kira Mathers from Woodroffe also participated as a youth volunteer.
The youth helped with the set-up, serving, and clean-up for the dinner, and were greatly appreciated.
Following the dinner, the youth trip was commissioned by Presbytery.
As well as the financial donation MRC made to the Zeballos trip, the Membership Relations Committee also donated the remaining tourtiere from the dinner to the Pastoral Care Team, and the individual portions were placed in the new freezer.