Attendees at the annual Elegant Dessert Party in Clinton last weekend enjoyed a large assortment of home baked goodies from the Clinton Health Care Auxiliary.

Attendees at the annual Elegant Dessert Party in Clinton last weekend enjoyed a large assortment of home baked goodies from the Clinton Health Care Auxiliary.

Striking A Balance – Clinton student wins Extreme Career Makeover

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Extreme Career Makeover

Kevin Boys of Clinton is a Grade 12 student at David Stoddart School. He has struggled with severe dyslexia all his life and has a goal of furthering a career in environmental and wildlife conservation. In the fall of 2012 Kevin applied for a scholarship to Lethbridge Community College. Approximately 200 people applied at that time. He made it to the top 10 finalists in the college’s Extreme Career Makeover contest.

A film crew came to Clinton and shadowed Kevin for an afternoon filming him at school, at home and doing one of his favourite things – ice fishing.

The resulting film was then posted on the college’s website along with the other nine finalists. Two winners would receive tuition, books and accommodations for two years of study at Lethbridge College.

Most of the other finalists were from large centres (Calgary, Lethbridge, Victoria, etc.). Coming from the small community of Clinton, all Kevin could do was ask friends and family to vote for him. He made a pitch to the school board and they said they would put it on their facebook. The Village of Clinton also posted it on facebook and urged everyone to ‘vote for Kevin’. It was the talk of the town.

Voting closed at 11:59 pm on March 30. Although voters would decide the final four, a college judging panel would pick two winners from those four.

Family and friends of Kevin passed the word and through the phenomenon that is social media, Kevin got enough votes to keep him in the top four. The small community of Clinton rallied folks from all over the country to vote for Kevin. And it paid off.

Voting closed on Sunday night but the announcement wasn’t made until Thursday. What an anxious time that was. Finally the word came in. Kevin won!

Thanks to all those votes, Kevin Boys of Clinton and Greg Matt of Lethbridge are the recipients of the scholarship and will be attending Lethbridge College in the courses of their choice.

This just goes to show what a small community with a big heart can do. Way to go Clinton and congratulations to Kevin and Greg!

Elegant Dessert Party

The Clinton Health Care Auxiliary Elegant Dessert Party on Sunday, April 6 was very well attended.

In addition to the numerous desserts available attendees were entertained with three short skits, a silent auction, hat contest and 50/50 draw. The Auxiliary members had also created a cookbook with recipes for many of the desserts presented.

Emcee Fran White explained the many things that the Health Care Auxiliary has funded over the years and invited anyone interested to come and join them.

Over all it was a very enjoyable way to raise funds for health related needs of the community and surrounding area.

Traditional Bean Supper

The Clinton Legion Ladies Auxiliary Traditional Annual Bean Supper is on Wednesday, April 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Clinton Memorial Hall.

Come and enjoy home made beans, baked ham, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and delicious pies.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Seedy Sunday

The Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee Seedy Sunday on April 13 is growing!.

There will be seed and plant sales, seed cleaning (winnower on site), garden books and magazines available, displays and demos, door prizes, a silent auction and activities for the children. The TNRD will have displays and information on Noxious Weeds, Bear Aware Program and will have for sale backyard composters, worm composters and green cone food digesters. Lunch will also be available on site.

It is open from 10 am to 3:30 pm in the Clinton Memorial Hall and admission is FREE, so load up the car with some friends and come to Seedy Sunday.

Susan Swan