My volunteer efforts are a part of my entire work-life-balance! I work throughout the week, but want something relevant to do in my free time; something rewarding that allows me to give back to my community. Since I was young, before I ever contemplated a career, I knew I wanted to volunteer. My efforts cover a lot of areas; I volunteered with numerous agencies while in university, and currently, spend a lot of time with kids as part of a homework club. Volunteerism connects people. It brings new Canadians and those born and bred Canadians together. I think that’s something that is unique to our culture.
I volunteer with NextGen and a handful of summer festivals. I try to be involved all year round! I do it to get more involved in my community and to meet people. Volunteering really enriches my life; you get to meet people that share the same interests and you get to feel like you’re making a difference in your community. As for how it makes Canada a better place – it brings people together and enriches the sense of community we all feel.
Volunteering in my community has provided me with many benefits that I didn’t even consider before I started. I’ve volunteered with a handful of organizations in the city, but mainly Covenant Health at the Misericordia Hospital. As a volunteer, I get the chance to meet many patients and learn about their illnesses and treatment, and those interactions helped me develop social skills and more self-confidence. Encouraging people to stay positive or upbeat brings me a lot of joy! Helping those who are facing challenges really makes me appreciate how fortunate and blessed I am. I believe volunteerism helps the community, and the whole country, by inspiring empathy and helping us all remain humane and humble.
I like to volunteer with different organizations and helping out with the community. I do it because it’s an easy way to give back, connect with the community, meet new people and have a good time. It’s fun, the connections are fantastic and so are the friendships. Volunteering helps make a better place by bringing people together and helps them realize they can make a difference. We are a friendlier place when people work together for the benefit of others!
I give back by working with various community league organizations – I have a hard time saying “no” when people ask me to take part in community endeavors. I do it because I believe if you’re going to live in a community you should give back to that community- thereby making it even better! It’s quite enriching personally, helping others, making our communities even better to live, work and play in. Canada has a rich history of volunteerism – certainly, Edmonton does – I feel that it’s a civic responsibility to give back to where you live. It serves a basic need – people need to interact!
I spend much of my volunteer time helping children. The Centre for Family Literacy has so many worthwhile causes; I find it especially gratifying working with kids. By volunteering in my community, I encourage the best of others and myself. It’s sometimes thought that volunteers are making a sacrifice. In part, it is true, because one assumes a responsibility that must be fulfilled; but it’s more than a sacrifice, volunteering is a delight. Dedicating part of my time to volunteering improves my life, and of course that of others. Canada is a country of cultural diversity, recognized around the world for its solidarity and humanitarian practices. Serving others is part one of the values of every Canadian.
I arrived in Edmonton, from Montreal, in 2013 and wasn’t keen on the place. I didn’t know many people and wasn’t sure what, if anything, the community would offer a newcomer. When school started in the fall, my opinion totally changed. I now spend time volunteering in my community and attending and supporting festivals and events. When you give freely of yourself, you open up new opportunities; not just for yourself, but also for those you work with or help. We live in a multi-cultural society and we benefit from its diversity. As we volunteer, we can gather information, experience and learn from each other!
I’ve learned so much from volunteering including, how to remain humble and how to give back to society and my community. I was raised Hindu but now find myself volunteering at my Baptist Church where I lead Sunday school every week. In addition to humility and the benefit to my community, I feel a great sense of accomplishment from volunteerism. Volunteering in our country is so important, especially starting from a young age. It teaches young people to give back to society and allows Canadians to explore their interests while being exposed to many different things. These endeavors make Canada a better place for all!
My job is part volunteer, part Mayor. When I joined city council, then eventually became Mayor, my volunteer time was cut dramatically, but I still contribute as much as I can. I sit on the library board, I work with partners throughout the region and more. I do it to connect to Edmontonians and to say thank you. I feel a great connection to this community; it’s been great to my entire family. Many of the people on my campaign team I met through volunteering and we share similar values. Canada’s success can’t be bought and sold; it has to be co-created by communities. We’re richer as a nation because of Canadian volunteerism!
Capital City Clean-Up is one of the ways I’ve volunteered in the community. My sister and I took on a stretch of 118th Avenue, around the traffic circle, and helped tidy it up – it looked great when we finished! I also volunteer with Humane Animal Rescue Team, taking in lost or injured dogs and help them find homes. I do it to be part of the community, to do something useful, and it feels good to get involved. Giving of yourself, and improving your community helps make Canada a better, warmer place!