12 years later, CCPS Youth Symposium’s success no trick

CORNWALL, Ontario – Sometimes you have to learn leadership lessons off the ice to become a magician with the puck.

Just ask Ontario Hockey Academy Grade 12 student Morgan Farrow.

The 17-year-old Nova Scotia native joined dozens of local high-schoolers on Thursday (March 3) at the Best Western Parkway Inn at a workshop hosted by the 12th annual Cornwall Community Police Service Youth Symposium, in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Training Board.

“As a hockey player, it’s very important to be a leader, especially to help my teammates,” said Farrow, who is completing her final year of high school at the OHA in Cornwall, Ont.

CCPS Youth Symposium guest speaker Etienne Vendette left the crowd of students spellbound with a series of sleight-of-hand tricks during his ‘Magic of Success’ presentation.

The Montreal motivational speaker and professional illusionist also performed for hundreds of youth at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and St. Joesph’s Secondary School.

“I’m trying to make people think about what they want really want to do in life, and what the next step is to get there,” said Vendette. “A major goal today was learning different leadership styles to help the students get the best results from their endeavors, including the importance of time management.”

CCPS Const. Jeff Lalonde told Seaway News the event aims to inspire Cornwall area youth to take leadership roles in the community.

“We want them to know there are options to stay on the right path,” said Lalonde.

Farrow noted she first encountered the Cornwall police while volunteering at the Agape Centre.

“It’s nice to see them around the city helping out,” she said.

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