Emily Tozer, 21, of Riverview is a shining star of peace in our community.  

In 2017 and 2018, Emily volunteered at Cheer Olympia as an assistant coach with the younger team, called Zeta, working with four-to-five year old girls who were just starting with cheer.  She helped the girls learn basic skills and build their self-confidence.

After 18 months of volunteering, Emily was offered a paid position at the gym, working with Zeta as a junior coach. Her volunteering and now work at Olympia were huge wins not only for Emily but also for other members of the Pillars, a local team of athletes of various abilities. It solidified not only her position as an athlete but showed her as an integral member of the coaching family. Her work with the Zeta children has given her and other members of the Pillars more visibility and reinforcing that they are an important part of the cheer club.

Involvement in cheer (or cheerleading, as some of us may know it better) is not the only way Emily dedicates her time to the community.

She also volunteered at the Moncton Boys and Girls Club, doing art activities with some of the younger kids. 

In June 2019, Emily completed her Level 2 certification in American Sign Language (ASL).  Emily wanted to take ASL classes to be better at communicating with some friends from school, baseball and the YMCA’s Adult Day Program. Now that she has completed her courses, she is working to bring a basic sign language activity to the Moncton Public Library for children.

Meanwhile, Emily is also brings her compassion for others to seniors, volunteering at Parkland Riverview. Initially, she hosted an art activity for some residents of the seniors’ facility. Recently, she started going to Canterbury Hall where she sits with residents to chat, play games, colour or do puzzles. Emily enjoys connecting with the residents and making them smile.

Last, but certainly not least, Emily is currently part of the YMCA’s Community Action Network. The program – also called YCAN - engages leaders aged 15 to 30 across Canada to address a community need through service projects. Emily’s YCAN group is focusing on accessibility and inclusion by working on building a sensory room at the Y. This room will be open to everyone and will help erase the stigma associated with intellectual disabilities.

Thank you, Emily, for helping others in so many ways… for being so wonderfully empathic to individuals of all ages, making them feel important and valued. You are truly an ambassador of peace in our community.