On Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, over thirty local scouts and cubs participated in the Head Shave for Cancer Awareness Challenge.
The downstairs area at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church was transformed into a barber shop, with four hair stylists/ barbers from Oscar & Dario Hairstyling & Barbering volunteering to support the cause.
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Oscar & Dario salon owner Monic Cuengros along with Courtney Hedley, Jamie-Lynn Van Schooneveld and Laura Harten brought their tools of the trade to the church basement, and set up a barber shop. The razors started humming around 7:00 pm and kept going for well over an hour.
Christopher Maltais, scout leader, started the challenge three years ago. “The first year, we started with nine people, then last year we went up to twenty six, and at last count we are up to 31 people this year.”
While Maltais was in the barbers’ chair, another name got added to the list, and the final count was 32.
Five scouts and cubs troops participated. #20 St. Paul’s, #19 Korah West, #1 Bar River, #21 East Side, and #11 Westminster.
For Maltais and others, the head shave challenge is about showing support for people currently going through cancer treatment, as well as a way to honour and remember people, including in the scout movement, whose lives have been taken by cancer.
Alex Kakeeway-Boyer participated for the second time. “I care about people who are suffering from cancer. One of my family members died from cancer and it makes me feel upset when people are hurting.” he said.
Scout leader Steven Mullins shared “It’s a good opportunity for us to explain to the children and youth about cancer and how it affects people. We have lost a couple of members in our organization over the last few years, and it touches all of us.”
Lori McDonald, Community Fundraising Specialist for the Canadian Cancer Society was in attendance to cheer everyone on, and share information on cancer prevention.
The following list of names participated in the 3rd Scouts head shave for cancer awareness. Way to go troopers!
Solange Maltais, Christopher Maltais, Edwin Martin, Kaden Maltais, Steven Mullins, Kenny Hermiston, Tegan Maki, Wayne Maki, Ron Moore, Greg McLean, Jon Willet, Jack Walls, Eric Hammerstent, Triv Currie, Henry Currie, Jim Rogers, Akela Sand, Alex Kakeeway-Boyer, Mike Bringleson, Matthew Bringleson, Christie Currie, Nathen Buckton-Roy, Alex Bourgault, Rose Wilson, Bill Pigeon, Deizel Goodall, Matthew Barnett, Kadin Parker, MacKenzie Pigeon, Nolan Buckton-Roy, Aeron Bringleson.