Dorchester youth receives Atlantic award for volunteer efforts

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Twelve-year-old Danika Fawcett, surrounded by her fellow students at Dorchester Consolidated School, is presented with an award from Atlantic Award Group project director Alex Maine during a special ceremony held in her honour last Friday morning. TOWER PHOTO

DORCHESTER, N.B. – A local youth has been honoured for her outstanding volunteer efforts and resourcefulness in raising funds for an Amherst animal shelter.

Twelve-year-old Danika Fawcett, who has brought in several thousand dollars for the Lillian Albion Animal Shelter over the past six years, was presented with an award last week from the Atlantic Award Group, a volunteer-based organization that celebrates people across the Maritimes who have made a significant impact on those around them.

“We look for people who are extraordinary,” said Alex Maine, project director for the Atlantic Award Group, during a special ceremony last Friday morning at Dorchester Consolidated School, where Danika is a Grade 7 student.

Maine said the Atlantic Award Group accepts nominations from the public throughout the year for the award, with more than 500 submitted in New Brunswick in 2013. He said nominations can be made for individuals, groups, organizations or businesses.

Danika was the only “individual” to receive a Brunward (the New Brunswick version of the award) this year, with the other presentations being made to groups or organizations.

Maine said Danika’s nomination really stood out to the board members, who voted unanimously for her to receive the award.

“She is an outstanding volunteer who’s done a lot of work for fundraising for the animal shelter.”

Maine said the goal of the Atlantic Awards are simple – to offer thanks to individuals and groups for some of the great things they do, who strive to make their community and the lives of others just a little bit better.

Danika, who has teamed up with her grandmother Amy Cormier over the past six years to come up with new ways to raise the funds, has spent her summers setting up bake sales or lemonade stands, selling hand-designed cookbooks or pet calendars, or going door to door collecting bottles and cans – all with the aim of helping out the animal shelter.

Three years ago, at the age of nine, she was named CTV’s Maritimer of The Week.


Organizations: Atlantic Award Group, Lillian Albion Animal Shelter, Dorchester Consolidated School

Geographic location: Dorchester, Maine, New Brunswick

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