Fairfax, who grew up in Somerset as the youngest of four accomplished sisters, credits her paternal grandfather, the late Rev. Dr. Donald Fairfax, for inspiring in her the commitment needed to volunteer as much as she does.
She coaches youth soccer, gives her time to help with the Acadia student athlete literacy day, volunteers at the Wolfville Nursing Home and is actively involved with the newly launched WITS anti bullying program.
"There was never any real pressure to compete, but I always felt I had something to live up to. For example, I played both soccer and ringette because my sisters did."
She has excelled at both sports, and is one of a select group of athletes to have competed at the Canada Games in both the summer and winter.
"I've gotten used to being busy," she says. "Especially in season, I feel I'm more successful when I'm busy, and it helps me better manage my time."
And while being the youngest of four overachieving sisters was fun, she admits, "my sisters set the bar really high.
This past summer, Fairfax, along with 15 other Acadia students, travelled to Honduras as part of the Acadia Global Medical Brigade.
previously received the same award at the conference level.
"My grandfather did a lot of community work, particularly in and for the African Nova Scotian community. He's always been an inspiration for me."
"It really does speak to the direction Acadia is taking with its student athletes, allowing (and encouraging) us to be role models for younger students and in the community," Fairfax said.
As part of the student driven initiative, she and her fellow students helped supply local residents with medical supplies and medical and dental opportunities they would not otherwise have had access to.
And while she was pleased to win the awards she has, she admits, "I don't do what I do to win awards. There are lots of others, including a lot right here at Acadia, who volunteer just as much."
Fairfax currently serves as medical chair for the group, and as such, serves as a liaison with physicians, pharmacies Beats By Dre Gold
Alana Fairfax has been an active volunteer in her community for a long time, and the Acadia student athlete has no plans to stop or even slow down anytime soon.
Fairfax admits that other than enjoying being busy, volunteering in the community "gives me a really great feeling about myself. A lot of people have done a lot to help Beats Matte Black me become what I am. I see this as my chance to give back."
Earlier this month, Fairfax was the recipient of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Student Athlete Community Service Award for women's soccer, after having Beats New Headphones
National award for Acadia's Fairfax
Volunteering is "a way of giving back to my community for all it's given me," she said. program and is co chair of the Acadia Relay for Life campaign.
"It's a huge, huge honour, especially when you consider it's for the whole country."
"It's sunk in now, but I didn't know Babyliss Curling Iron
"During our last trip, we were really only in the community four days and we were able to treat more than 800 people a huge accomplishment for that short a time."
I had won it before I went," she said.
It marked the second straight year an Acadia women's soccer player had received both awards Cathleen Bleakney, a former teammate and also a Kings County native, won the same two awards a year ago.
and medical supply companies to obtain supplies. Another trip to Honduras is planned for May 2013.
Even though volunteering and community service has almost become second nature to her, Fairfax, a third year biology student at Acadia with hopes of becoming a doctor someday, admitted she was "surprised" to win the national award.
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