Last weekend I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Prairie Mentoring Centre booth at Frontier Days held in Swift Current. I spent a day and a half talking to new people about the benefits of therapeutic riding in hopes that a barn will be willing to host a program there, as well as spark an interest in hopes that someone may want to become an instructor.

Pat and Myself at the PMC Booth

The first day was a blast!

 

While volunteering I realized a few things:

  1. I have a tendency to talk with my hands and it’s rare that you’d find a picture of me where I don’t have my hands gesturing to something.
  2. No matter where you go when wearing a crown, children and parents will call you a princess and want to get a picture with you!
  3. I definitely picked the right platform. CanTra is something I’m so passionate about and I want to help make a difference. I know that it’s affected others and myself so positively and I can’t wait to watch it flourish and touch the lives of others!

 

Talking with my hands

    Talking with my hands

Deep in conversation

Deep in conversation

I would also like to tell you a little story that brightened up my whole day. It was extremely hot when I was volunteering at Frontier Days! With heat on my mind and what seemed like an unquenchable thirst for any cold beverage I could find, I headed over to the lemonade stand. As I was waiting in line an older couple and a nice man in a cowboy hat chatted me up. They congratulated me on my title and asked what I was doing at frontier days. I explained to them about my platform and how it’s so important that we have more barns in Saskatchewan that support the CanTRA program and they seemed very impressed! The couple said to me how nice it was to see a young girl taking time out of her day to help such a great cause and gave me 10$ to by myself a lemonade. It may not seem like much but it made me smile and it reminded me of how important it is to help out whenever you can. I would also like to say that was the best lemonade I have ever tasted.

Written by: Gracie

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