Young volunteer lends a hand to Quesnel seniors with snow shovelling

Kashten Wilbur, 12, was busy shovelling snow for seniors in Quesnel on Thursday, Dec. 30. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Kashten Wilbur, 12, was busy shovelling snow for seniors in Quesnel on Thursday, Dec. 30. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
John Kohanko, (left) was appreciative of Kashten Wilbur (right) clearing his driveway after a recent heavy snowfall. (Rebecca Dyok photo)John Kohanko, (left) was appreciative of Kashten Wilbur (right) clearing his driveway after a recent heavy snowfall. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Armed with a shovel 12-year-old Kashten Wilbur sprang into action to help seniors dig out after a recent snowfall warning in Quesnel.

His first stop Thursday, Dec. 30 was at the home of John Kohanko on Walkem Street.

“I’m feeling really good,” Kashten said as he shovelled snow from Kohanko’s driveway.

“It’s to give back to the community.”

Before starting his day snow shovelling, Kashten’s mom Raegan had posted a message on a community Facebook page asking anyone in need of assistance to message her.

Raegan said her son has been shovelling snow for quite a few years now.

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This winter season has already marked a significant difference from the last, with much more snow to keep Kashten busy.

Previously the family had lived in Edmonton before moving back to Quesnel in June 2020.

“We’re just trying to give back to the seniors in town,” Raegan said.

“It’s really hard for them to get out and do this, and we’ve had quite a bit of really cold weather, so now that it’s warming up it kind of gives us an opportunity to help some people out.”

Kohanko remained inside his home before slowly answering his front door for a quick photo with Kashten.

Kohanko has difficulty with mobility.

“It’s a good thing,” he said of Kashten’s efforts.

Kashten had several other seniors to snow shovel for before calling it a day and said he would likely be continuing his volunteer efforts on New Year’s Eve.

He hopes to inspire other youth to shovel snow for the elderly.

“That would be nice,” Kashten said.

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