Former Corner Brooker issues Pay it Forward challenge

Cory Hurley
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With the momentum she is starting to generate in the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia, Paula Huntley is pretty sure a positive difference will be made there. Now she wants to make sure it happens at home, too.
Corner Brook is home for the woman who now lives in Kentville, N.S. She is known for her efforts to raise money in the fight to eradicate breast cancer.
This year, she said, she wanted a new challenge — something in addition to the fundraising she continues.

Paula Huntley, formerly of Corner Brook, is creating awareness for Pay it Forward Day April 24. —Submitted photo

“I wanted to make it more about total awareness than actual fundraising,” Huntley said.

Pay it Forward Day caught her eye. The day is all about people giving to someone and making a positive difference. It is April 24, and there are more than 500,000 people in 60 countries around the world participating.

“At the end of the day, it is about people,” Huntley said. “I always say, if we don’t look after each other, nobody will.

“The next generation has to see the kindness that was started when they were young. Then they will continue it.”

It’s much the same concept of Pay it Forward Day, where one act of kindness is passed along to another. One good deed at a time, the world can be changed. Last year, three million acts of kindness were paid forward around the world as part of Pay it Forward Day.

Huntley said in the Annapolis Valley, people are taking it one step further by co-ordinating the effort with contributing to the local food bank.

With such a good reaction so far there, she does not mind issuing the challenge to Corner Brook — and beyond — to also co-ordinate the effort. Her twin brother Paul O’Brien still lives in the city. The main goal is to promote the day and make people aware of it.

“I would like to hear from people,” she said. “The people who see the article and see there is somebody from home who still cares. Just because you move away, your love is always there.”

Huntley can be contacted via email at and more information can be found online at


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Geographic location: Annapolis Valley, Corner Brook, Western Star

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