By Sheila Phibbs
The Haldimand Press
JARVIS—There is often a perception that teens spend much of their time “hanging out” and playing video games. While this may be true for some, 18-year-old Owen Bluhm has dedicated his time outside school and work to the community. After several years of giving back, the Hagersville Secondary School (HSS) student was recognized in 2018 as the Hagersville Chamber of Commerce Junior Citizen of the Year and Haldimand County’s Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Bluhm’s volunteer journey began prior to highschool and was not just to earn the mandatory 40 hours required for graduation. He looked at volunteering as, “Just a way to spend the summer.” Volunteering at camps with some friends was a natural fit. He explains, “I had always attended the camps and volunteering was a good way to help out.”
That attitude continued in high school as he joined the HSS Crime Stoppers in Grade 9 and served as co-chair in Grade 12. He appreciates the many activities and events of the group and suggests that it is a good way to meet people at school and the community. In Grades 11 and 12 he was also a member of the LINK Crew, which helps Grade 9 students integrate into the school.