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Teen Volunteer Discovers Being a Leader Is Fun

May 20, 2015

Teen Volunteer Discovers Being a Leader Is Fun

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Wed, May 20, 2015 - 12:14 PM in Volunteers


"What I learned about leadership [as a Mercy volunteer] is that being a leader is actually rather fun and not as strict as what people make it seem like.” — Wan Xing, Mercy TAG Volunteer

Jackson High School's Wan Xing, Mercy Volunteer, 2015 Canton Ohio

Wan Xing has been a part of the Teen T.A.G. (Together, Achieving Greatness) volunteer program since December 2012 and has given over 220 hours of service to Mercy Medical Center. She has volunteered in the pharmacy since entering our program and assisted the staff with various clerical tasks, including running errands, data entry, and answering phones.

"At Mercy I discovered there are actually many volunteer opportunities that are good for getting experience in specific fields, like pharmacy," says Wan.

In addition to her regular volunteer assignment, she also participated in a service project to fundraise and deliver presents to patients on Christmas Eve for the Mercy Giving Tree. Through this annual initiative, volunteers prepare and distribute donated gift items to patients who are hospitalized on or around the holidays.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Wan was selected to be a Teen T.A.G. leader because she has developed excellent leadership skills and fully commits to the programs and activities in which she participates. 

Wan says, “What I learned about leadership is that being a leader is actually rather fun and not as strict as what people make it seem like.”

A senior at Jackson High School, Wan participates in her school’s symphony, jazz, and steel bands; National Honors Society; Tri-M; and snowboarding club. She plans to attend The Ohio State University this fall and major in pharmaceutical science. 

Would you like to learn more about being a volunteer at Mercy? Visit cantonmercy.org/volunteer.

About Cindy Hickey

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Cindy Hickey, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing at Mercy Medical Center, began working at Mercy Medical Center in 1982 after completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. She serves on the advisory board of About magazine and is a graduate of the 21st Class of Leadership Stark County.


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