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Jordan Zapotoczny proudly stands in the main gym at St. Mary High School, a place where he dedicates a lot of his spare time helping working the gates for various tournaments and special events. Zapotoczny is a valued alumni who enjoys giving back to his alma mater.
Jordan Zapotoczny is a rare individual!
While most teenagers can’t wait for their high school days to be over, Zapotoczny keeps coming back. In fact, if there is an event going on at his alma mater – St. Mary High School – and help is required, it is a pretty safe bet that Zapotoczny is there front and centre.
“It brings back a lot of memories of high school,” says Zapotoczny. “I like seeing the staff and the kids.”
Only two years removed from his graduation in 2012, Zapotoczny works the gates at all volleyball and basketball tournaments held at the school and in the spring he goes to the Harry Jerome Track in Prime Ministers’ Park to help with raking sand traps or whatever might be required when the track and field season kicks into high gear.
Having been a volunteer since his Grade 9 school year, Zapotoczny feels comfortable and appreciated in doing what he does and whenever anyone attends an event that he is working at they are immediately felt welcome.
His affection for his duties even got noticed by those at Carlton Comprehensive High School recently as Zapotoczny was asked to work the score clock for the first-ever game played in that school’s brand-new gymnasium last month.
“Carlton asked if I wanted to score-keep and I thought, ‘Why not?’” says Zapotoczny. “I got to see new people and it was good fun.”
A day-care worker during the day and a dependable volunteer when the calls come in, Zapotoczny is most proud of the fact that he has missed just one tournament in six-plus years.
Prince Albert has a rich tradition of volunteerism and while Zapotoczny flies mostly under the radar his efforts most certainly don’t go unnoticed.
“When students register at St. Mary we ask students to get involved in the life of the school as it makes their school experience more meaningful,” notes St. Mary principal Mark Phaneuf. “When students graduate I remind them as alumni it is now their school. Jordan embodies the fusion of the two concepts and continues to be an important part of our school community. We are pleased that of all of the worthwhile causes he could donate his time to he continues to share his gifts and talents in our school community.”
And, he plans to do it for as long as he keeps being asked to come back.