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The Sanibel Recreation Center welcomes three new counselors in training

By Staff | Jun 27, 2017

Three new Counselors In Training have joined the Sanibel Recreation Center staff in recent weeks in addition to two prior trainees. Dean Drobnyk, Alec Koontz, and David Pham will accompany Daniel Shuster and Emma DeFonzo, who have already been volunteering for several weeks, as participants of the Recreation Center’s Counselor’s In Training (CIT) Program.

Dean Drobnyk will be entering his freshman year of high school this fall at the De Lasalle Academy. This is his first summer volunteering as a CIT at the Sanibel Recreation Center. Dean really wanted to volunteer because, “I thought it would be a great way to help the City of Sanibel.” Dean was a participant in the after-school and summer Recreation programs, and plans to stay involved in the future.

Alec Koontz just completed his freshman year at Fort Myers High School. It is also his first summer as a CIT at the Recreation Center. Alec recently moved to the area, and therefore did not participate in the Recreation program in the past. However, this hasn’t suppressed his enthusiasm. “The CIT program stood out as an awesome way to complete my community service,” Alec said. So far Alec is thoroughly enjoying his experience at the Recreation Center.

David Pham, who will be a sophomore this fall at Dunbar High School, is participating in the CIT program for the second time. David attended the Recreation Center’s after-school and summer programs when he was younger, and decided that he wanted to stay involved. When asked why he decided to return for a second summer, David said, “I really like volunteering here, it’s a lot of fun.”

The Counselors In Training program allows incoming high school freshmen and sophomores to contribute to the K-8 Summer Recreation Camp and to gain experience as volunteers. Dave DeFonzo, the supervisor of the program, believes that this opportunity is extremely beneficial for their development as they continue with schooling and begin to enter the workforce. “The Counselors In Training program provides a fun and safe environment for entry level High School students to learn real-world skills and gain future career experience,” DeFonzo said proudly.

A Counselor In Training’s responsibilities include setting and cleaning up for activities and attending fieldtrips to assist the counselors. The CITs are also given training in CPR and AED.

Youth entering their freshmen or sophomore class who are interested in becoming a City of Sanibel Counselor In Training should contact the program supervisor Dave DeFonzo by phone at (239) 472-0345, or by email at Dave.Defonzo@mysanibel.com.

For additional information on the City of Sanibel’s Recreation Program, visit www.mysanibel.com/Departments/Recreation2