Morgan Fast has gone through more challenges in a short time than most people will face in a lifetime. With perseverance and a positive attitude, Fast has overcome these challenges and has turned them into opportunities for personal growth.
Fast lost her mother to Cancer when she was just seven years old.
Fast, who is now 17 years old, resides with her aunt and uncle. She is a full-time helper around the house as her aunt has undergone treatment for two serious bouts of cancer. Through this adversity, Fast continues to be optimistic and has been successful in building a full and healthy life.
She works as an instructor and lifeguard at the Swift Current Aquatic Centre. She has been on the Yearbook Committee and the Peer Support Committee at her local high school. She volunteers her time and has helped at the Special Olympics Swim Meet, Barracudas Swim Meets, the Swift Current Care Home, the local Ball Diamonds’ Concessions, the Swift Current Kiwanis Club, the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Band, and has canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Even with her busy schedule, she finds time to be a competitive swimmer and just recently participated in a swim meet where she set three new personal records.
In the words of her nominator, “Morgan is a fun loving, mature, hard-working girl, who has a positive attitude towards life. She can do anything she puts her mind to.”
Other 2014 Junior Citizen of the Year Award recipients are: Kaitlyn Budzak (Regina), Summer Michel-Stevenson (Pelican Narrows) and Melissa Whelpton (Moosomin).
A total of 47 nominations were received for this year's award, presented by The Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association, in partnership with SaskPower and the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. The four winners were presented with a $3,000 scholarship to further their post secondary education during a ceremony with Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, at Government House in Regina on June 26.