Adam Macasso

Adam Macasso

Trail teen awarded for volunteer work

It’s a fitting time for Adam Macasso to be recognized for his dedication and volunteer spirit with the Canadian Cancer Society in Trail.

It’s a fitting time for Adam Macasso to be recognized for his dedication and volunteer spirit with the Canadian Cancer Society in Trail.

The 18-year-old Trail resident just found out he will be receiving the Jaye Dee Jeffrey Award, an honour that commemorates the late woman who continued to devote her time to the B.C. Yukon division of the Canadian Cancer Society while battling bone cancer.

“Wow, I was impressed. I don’t expect anything out of my work,” said Macasso, who fell into volunteering with a push from his sister.

“I don’t need any recognition. I do what I do because I like it and it helps people out.”

Macasso started at relay and at the Trail branch about six years ago, climbing his way up to larger roles.

“I think it definitely changed who I have come to be with all the volunteering and just the aspect of helping so many people out with just a single event,” said the event development chair.

“There are times where I think ‘holy smokes, what did I get myself into?’ but it all turns out in the end. The community involvement is fantastic and makes my job a lot easier.”

Former society employee Helen Bobbitt recalls all too well Macasso’s efforts during her time at the Trail branch.

“I was so incredibly impressed with Adam’s dedication, professionalism and heart, such a huge heart for our cause,” she recalled.

Macasso says he “volunteers more than he works,” dedicating his time to the South Columbia Search and Rescue, volunteering as a fire fighter with the Trail department and previously with the St. John Ambulance before the brigade was shut down.