Serving your church and community while developing leadership skills are at the root of the Squires.
Formed in 1925 in the U.S. as the youth branch of the Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus, the Squires is still relevant to today’s young men aged 10 to 18, according to State Squire chairman Matthew Lagacé of La Salle.
"It’s a way to get youth involved in the church," he said.
Lagacé heads a Squires group with 13 members who belong to St. Hyacinthe Parish. This group is one of seven in Manitoba, with a new one recently formed in a north Winnipeg Catholic parish.
The La Salle Squires organized a Valentine’s dance for local youth and are helping with their church’s spring cleaning and June picnic. Lagacé said they are also planning a Brave the Shave event to raise funds for cancer research and another event to collect money, food items and clothing to donate to a homeless shelter.
Tyson and Noah Schneider are members of the La Salle Squires and say they like having the opportunity to help the community.
"It’s definitely a great experience to help you learn and grow," said Noah.
"It gives me an opportunity to give back to the community," said member Wyatt Bellisle, adding that the camaraderie within the group is another benefit.
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