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Truro teens headed to national youth conference

Emily Yuill, left, a participant in Truro Boys & Girls Club programs, received support from Lauren McQuaid, a staff member at the centre, as she prepared for an upcoming youth conference in Montreal. A second youth, Allie Steeves, is also taking part in the event.
Emily Yuill, left, a participant in Truro Boys & Girls Club programs, received support from Lauren McQuaid, a staff member at the centre, as she prepared for an upcoming youth conference in Montreal. A second youth, Allie Steeves, is also taking part in the event. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

A couple of Truro-area girls have spent the last few months preparing for an event where they’ll represent Nova Scotia.
Emily Yuill and Allie Steeves will be in Montreal May 11-15 for a national youth conference.
“Nova Scotia was lacking representatives from the Boys and Girls Club at the event, and this is my last year at school and as a member of the club, so I wanted to go while I had the opportunity,” said Yuill. 
The girls held bake sales, 100-square draws and a coffee sale to raise funds for the trip. The club also provided money they received from the police ball.
Yuill has been a member of the club since she was in Primary and has enjoyed many of the activities it offers. 
“It’s a great program and there are lots of great people here who’ve supported me,” she said. “It helped me find myself; I came out of my shell.
“I do still miss the old building. I was surprised by how attached I got to a building, but this one is nice because everything is closer together.”
Steeves, who is also a long-time member of the club, is looking forward the meeting new people and having a feeling of independence but is nervous about her first plane trip.
“Taking part in this is important to me because I’m going as a representative of not only our club, but Nova Scotia as well, which is a big deal,” she said. “I hope to meet new people that I will keep in touch with long after the conference.”
She said being involved in the club has helped her gain self-confidence and given her a lifelong best friend – Emily Yuill.
Lauren McQuaid, education manager at the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, has known the girls for several years. She participated in club activities and was a volunteer before becoming a member of staff
“I’m extremely proud of Emily and Allie,” she said. “They’ve worked really hard to raise money. Last May they were a little timid about the idea of the conference but now they seem confident.”
Both girls hope to attend the Nova Scotia Community College in the fall. Yuill plans to study business and Steeves has applied for the child and youth program. 
They will be selling Aroma Maya coffee until April 23. People can order by calling the club at 902-895-5008.

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