Linda Jensen's selfless efforts dealing with the betterment of young people didn't go unnoticed as the respected volunteer and working professional was recently awarded a significant honour by the local YMCA.
Jensen recently received the peace medallion from the Lunenburg County YMCA during a special event at the YMCA's King Street youth centre in Bridgewater.
In a series of presentations, Jensen was honoured with "Peacemaker" certificate for her outstanding contributions and commitment to the charity's values of peace, a YMCA medal pin, along with the actual medallion.
During the ceremony, she was described as an "even mannered and honest individual whose daily interactions foster peace, friendship and belonging. She is continually looking for ways to make others feel valued and has an intrinsic desire to help others see the best in themselves and others."
The event took place during Peace Week, a time when YMCA's across Canada, including the local southwest Nova Scotia branch, celebrates people or organizations who, or that, demonstrate a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world and doing so without special resources, status, wealth or position.
The YMCA noted her work with the Hebbville volunteer fire department, including the junior members and her encouragement of them participate in a winter coat and clothing drive. She's also overseen youth missions to less-fortunate locations in the Caribbean.
"Linda makes people around her want to strive to be better," said Kim Roy, the local youth centre's manager, reading a citation. "She empowers others to look for possible ways to ease conflict and make positive choices."
Jensen works for the South Shore Regional Centre for Education and deals with a program focused on on student and family support services.
"Her passion for helping others does not go unnoticed," said the local YMCA's youth coordinator Kim Whitman-Mansfield.
For her part, Jensen, who accepted the accolades in front of family and fellow firefighters, said she felt honoured and surprised. She offered advice to the youth gathered for the presentation, telling them they can be leaders in some way no matter where they are in life. Jensen cautioned people try their best but for some it's harder to do than for others.
"When we're not getting along with each other it's usually not because someones trying to hurt you or out to get you, it's because there's been some kind of misunderstanding. So, it's really important to talk about things before you make assumptions about what people mean."
The local YMCA emphasizes projects and programs concerning childcare, health and fitness, volunteer development, among others.
To learn more about the local charity, check out ymcalunenburgcounty.org on the internet.