A special post by our own Keifer House
- a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
- a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Where are you from? It’s a simple question that we’ve all answered more times than we can remember. Your community shapes you, it becomes a part of you and it follows you wherever you go.
Community – a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
I recently had the distinct pleasure of being asked to participate in the Sidney Crosby Hockey School as an on-ice instructor. I have been fortunate to have been involved in this unique camp since it’s inception. #87 has always proudly put Cole Harbour on the world map – especially in the global hockey conversation. It’s his community and he is proud to tell you that.
The essence of the camp is simple – the camp’s namesake has taken a leadership role to provide an unforgettable life experience to approximately 140 youth from across the globe, hosting them in his community of Cole Harbour, NS. The foundation was established to financially assist charities that improve the lives of disadvantaged children.
Everyone who works at the camp does so in a voluntary capacity. The group of volunteers includes everyone from relatives, friends, former teammates, past coaches & teachers, and a collection of other people whose connections are largely tied back to the Cole Harbour community in one way or another. It is fascinating to see so many different people come together to support their local hero. The mindset itself is one of true community perspective, and a wonderful lesson for everyone’s community.
Community – a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
There are no awards, no special recognition; just a sense of doing something meaningful to support a worthy cause. It is community.
The story of the camp is pretty straightforward – local hero gives back to the community. The most intriguing part of all of this is how this local hero gives back. The example he sets for other prestigious or celebratory folks is one that should be admired and replicated, and I am sure that there are some out there that do.
This sense of community is infectious, as the unwritten rules of being involved in this great event are simple – you volunteer because it’s a great thing to do. Everyone understands – or at least is expected to understand – that using the opportunity for personal gain is not a part of the equation. People do it because they get it – they understand the big picture of what is happening in a commonsensical way that unfortunately is not always that common. No one asks for pictures or autographs. No one thinks of themselves – they appreciate what the camp is all about.
It is interesting how this sense of civic pride connects back to the work I do at Newbridge. We continually push our students to think outside the box, to take an appreciation for the benefits of giving back and the rewards you receive from doing so – not the financial benefits or personal accolades people would normally look for, but rather the ‘feel good’ sensation that you get when you do something for the right reason.
The experience I have been afforded through the Crosby Camp is one that I’ll forever be grateful for having. It is what community is all about and hopefully the lesson is not lost on the families who have had the experience to attend the camp. For all of the wonderful things that the kids take away, I hope someone shares this perspective with them and that, in turn, they will one day remember where they come from and perhaps do something to help their hometown without a need for reward, but rather because it’s a good thing to do.
Cheers to all of those out there that are doing this already!