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Cedric

Cedric was the ambassador for the Edmonton Muscular Dystrophy walk (since he is affected with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) which included sharing his family’s story in a mail-out fundraising campaign. He has taken part in television interviews and classroom presentations with his Mom to raise awareness about his disability. When asked why he volunteers, Cedric said “I know it helps people” and “It’s very fun!”  It gives him the opportunity to do many neat things like go up on the roof of a fire hall or help hold a firehose during a car wash fundraiser.  By helping his mom with school presentations, his classmates and teachers are more supportive and understanding of his needs. Cedric said, “it makes me feel happy and I get donuts.” Volunteering helps boost his self-confidence and sense of accomplishment.  By being the ambassador at the Muscular Dystrophy walk, Cedric was able to honor his 2 uncles who passed away from this disability.  It brought family and friends together for a good cause.  Raising money helps Cedric and many other Canadians acquire the adaptive equipment they need and funds research to hopefully find a cure someday.

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Daniela

I work in the nonprofit sector, but I volunteer in my free time as well. I have extensive experience in the arts. Right now I’m volunteering with the University of Alberta working with its special collections. I sort antiquities, work with kids and encourage them to explore post-secondary education and the arts. I love meeting people, and volunteering is the best way for me to do that! Volunteering helps communities become resilient, engaged, and connected. Without those things – there can’t be a community.

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Eugene

I give back by volunteering with various organizations in order to help make the city a little bit nicer for all of us! I believe it’s a citizen’s responsibility to try and make the community better for, not just, themselves but for everyone as a whole. Volunteering improves my life by helping me be a better person, a more wholesome person. As a multicultural, accepting country, Canada is bettered by the effort put forth by everyone who gives of his or her time!

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Vibha

I volunteer at my church, Punjabi Hindi Masihi Church, and with a volunteer group made by some of my peers called Aftershock. The group looks for local opportunities and events that requires volunteers. In the past, we have volunteered as servers, packaged flowers, done bottle drives and volunteered at several events around the city. It really emphasises the importance of volunteering not only as a way to help others in the community, but also as an outlet to meet new and diverse individuals and to create a bond with them. Canada is a friendly country and I believe volunteering further enhances the accepting and understanding nature of the people that live here.

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Marg

I have volunteered in the Edmonton region for over 50 years. I’ve had many different roles like being a board president for the Edmonton Natural History Club to volunteering with students directly through the Centre for Family Literacy. I volunteer out of a responsibility to be involved in my community; to network and meet new people, learn about local issues, and contribute to relevant and meaningful solutions. Having others be able to truly experience and enjoy the outdoors, perhaps for the first time, or to understand a sentence that opens their mind to so many exciting opportunities – is a fantastic feeling!

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Peter

I volunteer 5 days a week for the Wheels of Hope Transportation program for the Canadian Cancer Society and at the UofA to support people getting a laryngectomy and exemplify what life is like after the procedure. I volunteer to assist others who are suffering cancer because I have been there and understand what it means to the patients and their families to know that there is one less thing that they need to worry about as they attend their appointments as required. Volunteering helps me enjoy life after cancer and I believe volunteering allows every Canadian to be part of their community!

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Madhav

 I am a grade 5 student and do as much as I can to help those in my community. I give back to Edmonton by treating others in a manner that I would like to be treated. The reason why I volunteer is to help those in need, and be more alert of my surroundings. Volunteering makes the life of all better, but it we all pitch in a little bit of work, and help the community as a whole. Volunteering makes Canada a better place, because volunteering at events like Canada day shows how proud we are of where we live

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Karli

I volunteered as a study buddy in an elementary school helping grade 5 students with math.  I volunteer because I like the feeling of doing good for others without expectation of repayment.  Coming from a small town of under 1000 people, I volunteer to feel more connected to my community and its citizens. Volunteering makes Canada a better place because it helps reinforce the idea that humans are good. When people volunteer their time for one another, it connects the people in Canada and creates a giant intertwined community that supports one another.

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Khushi

I volunteer because I like helping others and it’s a good way to interact with the society. Volunteering has made my life better because when I’m at school I get to talk and communicate with others and people I don’t know. Volunteering makes Canada a better place because people communicate s and help others in many ways.

 

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Vincent

I help run the Heart of the City Music Program (HCMP), a program designed to connect volunteer piano teachers to young children who can’t afford to take piano lessons. The program is run out of the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre and I have volunteered both as a Piano Teacher and now as the Saturday Program Coordinator. It is a truly rewarding experience to help spread my passion for music to those who want, but otherwise can’t afford, such opportunities. My involvement in this program has also managed to bring music back into my life, after having to give up prior musical activities like band due to my academics. By making a difference in each of our student’s lives through teaching piano, I believe that we are making Canada a better place, one child at a time.

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