Town of Conception Bay South Names Citizens of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year

Tonight, the Town of Conception Bay South, in partnership with the CBS Lions Club, named Louise and Bernard Mercer as the 2018 Citizens of the Year. The Town also named Emma Jacobs as the 2018 Youth Volunteer of the Year. The annual event was held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.

“It’s no surprise that we have a number of outstanding citizens, both young and old, who deserve to be recognized for their hard work and meaningful contributions to our Town. It’s because of our many passionate and dedicated volunteers that Conception Bay South is such a great place to live, to work, to play, and to raise a family. Volunteers build our community. So, to all of our volunteers, I extend my greatest thanks for everything you do. I would also like to extend an important thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate these individuals so that they could be recognized for their important contributions. To simply be nominated for one of these awards is an accomplishment in itself. To all of our nominees – you deserve to be very proud,” said Mayor Terry French.

About the Citizens of the Year

The volunteer pair of Louise and Bernard Mercer are two citizens who are incredibly driven and passionate about giving back to their community. After experiencing the significant loss of their young children, Alex and Riley Mercer, Louise and Bernard committed themselves to helping others and bringing happiness to the people of Conception Bay South. Every year, the Mercers plan and organize many meaningful events throughout the Town. Since 2013, the annual Ride for Riley has raised over $60,000 for the Jack Hand Legacy Foundation.  Annually, the Riley Mercer Toy Drive brings in more than $10,000 in Christmas gifts for those in need during the holiday season.  They also organize the Annual Spirit of Alex and Riley Food Drive, which collects food items for the local food bank during a time of year when the organization is most in need.  The Mercers’ community involvement and outstanding efforts have a reach that extends beyond the community, and brings a tremendous amount of joy, support and positivity to those they help.

About the Youth Volunteer of the Year

Emma Jacobs is a hardworking volunteer who is no stranger to going above and beyond her call of duty.  Within her school community, Emma was President of Student Council and played a leading role in organizing and executing many large events at Queen Elizabeth Regional High School, such as the Christmas at Queen E event, Students for Change Group, Social Justice Club, and much more. Emma currently attends Memorial University. Outside of her academics, she is very involved as a member of the CBS Leo Club, as well as the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council, where she volunteers by helping teach English to new Canadian residents. She is also an Eat Great and Participate Youth Advisory Volunteer, where she helps promote healthy eating to youth across Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to all of this, Emma is currently completing the final Gold Level for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 nominees. 

Congratulations to Emma Jacobs, 2018 Youth Volunteer of the Year (award accepted by Stephanie Jacobs). 

Congratulations to Louise and Bernard Mercer, 2018 Citizens of the Year.