Stories of Optimism

Three Generations of Optimism
June 18, 2013

It might be an understatement to say Alison Purcell grew up around Optimism. Her father and grandparents, Gloria and Jim are all past Presidents and Charter Members of the Spencerville and District Optimist Club in the Central Ontario District. Her grandfather is one of the founders of the Club, which was chartered in 1991. Her father, Brian currently serves as Vice President.

Alison was inducted into the Optimist Club last September at the age of 16. She had expressed interest in becoming a Member over the last few years. She recently turned 17 and is enjoying her time as an Optimist. She is the youngest person to become a Member of the Club.

Her parents and grandparents have shown by example, how important volunteers are in their respective communities. Last summer, Alison spent more than 80 hours serving as a co-op student with the Shakespeare Festival Committee in the neighboring town of Prescott. She also worked for the local Spencerville Mill Committee as a tour guide. This past winter, she had a part-time job at the local arena, working in the canteen.

Alison attends the French immersion program at St. Mary's High School and is involved with the Arts and Drama program. Her goal is to become a pediatrician. She chose her courses to enable her to enter medical school after Grade 12. She is also on the school curling team and curls along with her mother in a ladies league.



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