While his volunteerism may have started as a school requirement, Jack Plant’s continued dedication to his community has far exceeded school expectations.
“Although I have surpassed the number of hours I need to graduate, I still volunteer,” said Jack. “Volunteering keeps me involved in the community. It keeps me busy in a way that feels better than working because it’s intrinsically rewarding.”
Jack has selflessly donated his time, talent and sometimes his own savings to help people and causes in the Comox Valley that matter to him.
A guitar player, Jack has busked downtown to raise money for the SPCA, played at Relay for Life – as well as donated his own money and participated in the relay – and brings his instrument to the Views to put on shows for the seniors. While he’s there, he also takes time to play games with the residents.
Jack is currently a Grade 11 student participating in the Explore Program at G.P. Vanier Secondary School, an integrated outdoor education program that teaches leadership, learning and outdoor skills. In the fall, he will return to Mark R. Isfeld to complete his final year of high school.
Jack is a valuable member of the school community as well, having volunteered with the school’s International Program, both taking photos and helping as an english speaker and teacher’s aid.
A supportive friend, Jack shaved his head and raised money for a classmate who had leukemia.
At home, he even takes time to help his younger brother and his friends with their homework.
Not looking for any recognition or reward, Jack is happy to work behind the scenes to benefit the people and organizations in his community.
“I just like helping people,” he said.