Now we move on to profile the second youth that the SHINE jury has chosen to honour for the amazing impact she has had on the Banff community. It was in the second grade that Sage Shepherd first accompanied her class to the Mineral Springs Hospital, where she and her classmates spent time visiting with residents. The class spent time reading stories, playing the piano and singing songs for the residents. Sage’s strong volunteer spirit took over, and she took it upon herself to visit the residents on her own time, sharing baking and bringing her dog along for the enjoyment of the residents.
Six years later, this inspiring young woman still accompanies the first and second grade classes on their trips to the hospital. In addition, Sage shares her time and talents with the Hospital Auxiliary by knitting and selling items at their gift shop. She happily donates her time to create seasonal displays in the lobby of the hospital, spreading holiday joy for all to enjoy.
Sage’s nominator says that she is a young woman who, “truly makes a difference and enriches the lives of all the people that she encounters.” She added that nominating her for this award is, “the least she could do to honour such a wonderful, kind and caring young lady.”
Congratulations Sage and thank you for your contributions to the Banff community. You are truly an inspiration and you make Banff a better place to live because of your dedication to helping others. SHINE would like to say, “thank you for who you are and most of all Thanks for Giving!”