Haley Nickel spends her Friday nights volunteering at the Salvation Army's Gateway of Hope homeless shelter. Nickel is also a standout volleyball and basketball player for the Langley Fundamental Titans.

Haley Nickel spends her Friday nights volunteering at the Salvation Army's Gateway of Hope homeless shelter. Nickel is also a standout volleyball and basketball player for the Langley Fundamental Titans.

Overseas trip taught Nickel importance of faith

Langley Fundamental standout student nominated for Pete Swensson outstanding community youth award

After plans to go on a mission trip with her church to Germany were denied because she was too young, Haley Nickel found another way to give.

“I felt like I needed to do something,” said the 17-year-old.

Growing up, the Nickel family had always spent time helping out at homeless shelters.

So Nickel and a friend decided they would spend their Friday nights volunteering at the Gateway of Hope Homeless Shelter.

For the past year, Nickel has helped prepare and serve food to some of the community’s less fortunate.

The work is both rewarding and revealing.

“You get to see how easily you can end up in a place where you need help,” she said.

“And getting to see that the community is willing to help is awesome, too.”

Nickel also spent time in Nicaragua in late January and early February through her Global Education class at Langley Fundamental Secondary, where she is a Grade 12 student.

During her time in the Central American country, Nickel volunteered at two elementary schools and an orphanage.

The trip taught her a lot, especially how important faith is.

“Through their hardships, they still have such a love for (God),” she said.

“You could see how important that is down there.”

At school, Nickel is also a standout basketball and volleyball player and has won the Principal’s Award for the past three years as well as winning the athlete of the year award.

She also plays club volleyball.

Throughout her time at Langley Fundamental, Nickel has consistently been on the school’s ‘A’ and effort honour rolls and has been recognized for her leadership and outstanding service in and around the school.

While not sure if she will play volleyball at the post-secondary level, Nickel hopes to pursue a degree in global studies or business administration with an eye on working in some capacity for a humanitarian organization.

She was one of the seven nominees for the Township of Langley’s Pete Swensson outstanding community youth award.