Relay for Life here has a new leadership chair, who’s new to Terrace and to the relay.
Jessica Gaus moved here from Vancouver to take the volunteer position along with her work here. She’s says she’s getting some great help from coordinator community giving Kory Tanner.
“Because I’m both new to Terrace and to relay, she’s helping mentor me for relay,” said Gaus, adding Tanner has a lot of experience.
Gaus has in past been part of Run for the Cure but not the relay.
She went to a workshop for the relay put on by the Canadian Cancer Society and met Michelle Taylor, who talked to her about relay when the pair met later to go for coffee and discuss it.
Gaus likes a challenge so when Taylor asked her about volunteering for relay, she decided to take it on and moved up here.
“Volunteering is a big part of my life and I’m very passionate about giving back,” she said.
“I like a challenge and it has been challenging in a good way.” And she liked Vancouver but also liked the opportunity to get out of the big city to come here, which is a great place.
While Gaus is giving her spare time to relay – she works at Volunteer Terrace – and would consider giving her hair to the groups that make wigs for people, she’s not ready for a head shave like Tanner.
Tanner, who offered to shave her head last year if her group raised $10,000, said this year, if the community raises $200,000 for Relay for Life, topping last year’s $141,000 raised, she will shave her head.
So get out your chequebooks and start donating.