On Monday April 23rd was the annual Mayor’s Commendation Awards, given to those who have volunteered their time and effort to make significant contributions to the community and were recognized at the 39th-annual Community Volunteer Recognition Reception at the Braemar Golf Course. This was a particularly exciting event, because one of our very own Our Lady of Grace parishioners was a recipient of one of these prestigious awards! Hailey was presented the Mayor’s Youth Commendation: Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life in the community.
Hailey Chrysler is a senior at Edina High school, and an active Peer Minister in the OLG Youth Ministry Program. Throughout her years here in Edina she has worked tirelessly to improve her community though prayer and service. At the Edina Highschool she can be found a doing a club called 350 (where she helps tutor once a week), Back Pack Tutors (where she tutors at Fallwell Elementary), and Linked Crew (Leadership club to help Freshmen transition to Highschool). Here at OLG she has been a leader at several Confirmation Retreats, MS Youth Ministry Events, Vacation Bible School, Mission Home, and much more. She is one busy young woman.
Hailey has been an inspiration here at OLG about what it means to have a servants heart. Her Confirmation Saint, St. Joan of Arc was quoted as saying "Act, and God will act." Hailey has truly demonstrated the truth of this quote with all that she does for her fellow human beings that we can see the love that God has for all people. It is an amazing reminder to us that through our ministry and service to others that we are truly the hands and feet of Christ here on earth.