These next 2 individuals that we're going to focus on are exceptional examples of young leaders from our community!
This all starts with a young man whose name was Demetreous Beals, and was just a joy to be around! He was well liked by teachers, students, and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Demetreous! Some people can light up any room they walk in, and Demetreous was definitely one of those individuals. Everyone he encountered could feel the positive energy running through his veins, and he will truly be missed by everyone that has met the young man. Demetreous was a valuable member of his community, and the legacy of his positive attitude will forever live on! Demetreous was instrumental to having a basketball court put in his Dartmouth neighborhood! This was the young man that made the regional municipality see his vision for making his community a better place! Those are the exact type of issues a young Lindell Smith was acknowledging when he was just a young boy, and look where he is now! That's the type of person Demetreous Beals was. He was a person for the people, and people being his community!
Unfortunately, Demetreous had a tragic swimming accident the evening of June 27th, 2007, when he was only 14 years old! The loss to the community was evident, the community lost an outstanding citizen that was destine for greatness! But more than that, a mother lost her son and a family is one less amazing!
The legacy of Demetreous Beals lives on in many ways! From every person that has ever stepped foot on the basketball court that Demetreous lobbied for the City to create. To every person that knows what the Demetreous Beals Community Spirit Award is! The award mentioned above is an award given out by Bicentennial School in Dartmouth, which was the school Demetreous was attending at the time of his passing. Bicentennial School gives out the Community Spirit Award to a positive student within the school that lives a lifestyle of selflessness. The focus on team building and community is a wonderful thing, plus so many other valuable qualities come from being part of a community, a team! It's awards like these that let our younger generations know that they don't have to be a grownup to make a difference! So it's only right we acknowledge the last Community Spirit Award winner.