Bidding adieu to an original YACCtivistJune 16, 2015
By Shali Manuel
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that we announce Becky MacLean is stepping down from the YACCtivist role this month. Becky accomplished a lot in the first year as one of the original YACCtivists. They gave nine presentations to schools, sponsors, and health professionals across Nova Scotia. Through these presentations, Becky inspired youth to overcome their own challenges and to give back in a meaningful way to their communities. These presentations also helped to spread awareness of YACC and the unique issues that young adults face when coping with cancer. Becky’s quiet, thoughtful, down-to-earth, and sincere energy was a great contribution to this volunteer role. Becky is very relatable, and audience members connected strongly to their story and larger message of hope.
Becky also wrote a series of blog posts that were shared on YACC’s website. They covered topics such as expressing gratitude, tackling our fears, cancer and relationships, and tips for effective peer support. The blogs were very well-received by our community and inspired many of us to practice self-reflection and make small but powerful changes within our lives.
We are very thankful for all that Becky contributed within the YACCtivist role. We admire them for jumping in to a new program and helping us to translate ideas into action. This sometimes meant stepping outside of their comfort zone and remaining flexible to change and grow as we developed the path forward. Becky proved that our stories have power to inspire positive change within our communities.
Thank you, Becky, for being a great volunteer! We wish you all the best in future endeavors!