Volunteerism key for Delhi's junior citizen of year

17-year-old Amberlee Morgan, a recent graduate of Delhi District Secondary School, was named the 2020 Delhi Junior Citizen of the Year by the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce. (ASHLEY TAYLOR)

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Amberlee Morgan loves to volunteer.

“I like helping people, and knowing people are getting something out of what I’m doing,” said the 17-year-old who has been named 2020 junior citizen of the year by the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce. “There’s always somebody worse off than you are. Being able to help somebody out is gratifying.”

Many of her volunteer hours have been spent at Delhi United Church and Guiding Canada.

The recent Delhi and District Secondary School graduate said she was inspired by father, Dana Morgan, and mother, Kim Morris-Morgan,

She recalled accompanying her father when he would volunteer.

“As we got older, we could understand why he was doing this and we started doing it, too.”

At church, Morgan is assistant co-ordinator of the annual Christmas dinner and helps with Sunday school, bazaars and meals. She also has helped decorate Christmas parade floats.

The teen also works part-time jobs at the church, on a farm and at a Chinese restaurant in town.

When she isn’t working or volunteering, Morgan is studying. She got the most academic awards in each of Grade 9, 10, and 11. She also was a tutor for math and science and was active in the drama, White Pine book and youth clubs, the Me to We program, and on the fair committee for grandstand decorations.

Being a stand-up citizen runs in the family. Her sister, Lyndi-Colleen Morgan, was named Delhi junior citizen of the year in 2013.

“I thought about it once, that it’d be cool if we both got it, but it was out of my mind,” said Morgan.

The teen was surprised to get the phone call saying she had been named junior citizen of the year.

“I don’t do it to get the recognition,” she said. “There’s so many people that do way more amazing things.”

In a news release, the Delhi chamber called Morgan a “truly remarkable young lady.

“She is a true example of the positive attitude of the youth in Delhi.”

Morgan will be returning in September for a fifth year of classes at DDSS while deciding what path she wants to pursue in the future.

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