Dante Joe-Pierro, an Allison Bernard Memorial High School student and member of Cape Breton University’s In.Business program was recognized at the Provincial Volunteer Awards earlier this week.
Each year, the awards ceremony honours volunteers from across the province for their outstanding community contributions, and this year, for the first time, the awards have included volunteers from First Nations communities.
Dante proudly represented Eskasoni First Nation, receiving his award for his dedication to volunteer events such as the Christmas Telethons, Eskasoni’s PowWow, Kepmite’lsi Pride Walk, Run for the Cure and more. Dante has been volunteering since he was nine years old and is passionate about his community and culture.
Dante speaks both Mi’kmaq and English and promotes the value of education, especially for other young people in his community. Dante is an incredible role model to his peers and a valuable member of the community. We are so proud to have him as a member of In.Business, a national mentorship program for Indigenous youth facilitated by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business studies at CBU.
Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, who attended the ceremony in Halifax said, “We are so very fortunate to live in a province where volunteering is a way of life. In an age where resources and free time are scarce, we are blessed that so many people selflessly step forward to help others. It is through these acts of volunteerism that many community projects come to fruition and worthy charities and causes succeed.”
Way to go, Dante!