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Lise

I volunteer in a number of different ways, but right now, I’m putting a lot of work into Global Fusion. There are givers and takers in the world – and sometimes we have to be the student and other times the teacher. By recognizing these facts, you can see that volunteering helps move communities forward. I consider volunteerism the most critical component of our humanity. Look at the effort put forth by volunteers during emergencies like the Fort McMurray fire. Volunteering helps build relationships, and that makes Canada a better place!

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Ahmed

I volunteer wherever I can – it’s the best way to spread kindness and love. All of us are busy, but when you volunteer and you give you time others will care. That in itself will make our community better. At the end of the day, do you feel good? Volunteerism makes people feel good. It doesn’t matter how you volunteer either, with kids or adults, or if you pick up garbage, or help clean a park. Whether people know you did it or not, these types of things help make Canada and our community better!

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Anita

I spend a lot of time volunteering with the local Laos community. I want to reconnect with my roots and associated culture. I wasn’t overly connected while growing up, so it’s been very rewarding learning about where I come from and some of that history. Our community is fairly small, only about one-thousand people, so sharing who we are is important to me. Volunteerism is the ultimate showcase of compassion and sharing in one’s community. It is hard work, but we do it for free, we don’t need the exchange – it’s something we do from our hearts for each other.

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William

I’m a volunteer with the Global Fusion team! I do it for a number of reasons, but mainly because I want to be a writer! I feel one of the best ways to gain the knowledge needed to be a successful writer is to experience different people and cultures. It’s really valuable and rewarding. It was a difficult thing to do at first, I had to step out of my comfort zone, but it has been fantastic. I think Canada is better thanks to volunteers because, I feel, people genuinely want to help one another, and cultural arts is one, great, way for people to do that! We all are exposed to new, interesting, and exciting aspects of the world we live in.

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Lydia

I am volunteering with Global Fusion. I’m really drawn to it because of our focus on youth showcasing their culture. As young people become more familiar with western culture there can be some detachment, so with that in mind, I feel volunteering for an event like this is very important. The youth of today get a bit of a bad rap, but they’re not lazy and disengaged. An event like this, with all the youth involved, is proof. Volunteering makes our community, and Canada, better because it empowers! Everybody likes to contribute and feel like the things he or she can do make a difference. Young people get to see the results of their efforts!

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Amein

I volunteer for a couple of organizations because I feel it’s really important to give back to the community and to those that are less fortunate. It really brings happiness to my heart and I feel satisfied at the end of the day that my efforts help support others. Canada is one, big, diverse nation, and we should all help one another. I think that helps make Canada a better place. The more we all volunteer, the more we’ll mix together and learn about each other!

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Robert

I’m a volunteer with Pilgrim’s Hospice, and I’m truly happy to share my story. I’ve been coming here for the past three-and-a-half years. I play guitar, sing and tell stories, and try to bring some joy to clients. It certainly brings me a great deal of joy! When I consider the value of volunteers in Canada I think back to being a youngster – I can’t recall all of those people who volunteered their time and services for events while I was growing up. It’s an absolute necessity – it provides harmony. You become less judgemental, helps you appreciate others, and to accept things as they are. One can take from the well, but one should also give back!

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Bonnie D

I’ve been volunteering since I was 12! I was a candy striper at the hospital in my hometown. Since then I’ve known that I would continue helping people. I currently volunteer with Pilgrim’s Hospice. I also volunteer with the Christmas Bureau and for a number of track and field events. Volunteering is a very social part of my day. Helping people have a really good day is incredibly rewarding. When you volunteer, you are exposed to so many different cultures and so many different people that make Canada better. Volunteers welcome people to the community and that makes our nation stronger and better!

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Roberta

I volunteer with Pilgrim’s Hospice with the day program and as a compassionate companion. I’ve also volunteered at The Mustard Seed and with my community league – I’ve always got something going on. Volunteering at Pilgrim’s is extremely rewarding. Clients come to get out for a bit, to get out of the house. Volunteers help make Canada better in a number of ways – they help provide services that might not, otherwise, be available, and I believe they serve as role models for caring and compassion. They help change the fabric of our society.

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Joice

Right now, I volunteer with Pilgrim’s Hospice and Central Lion’s Recreation Centre. I get a lot out of volunteering: interact and socialize with others, it helps me feel like I’m part of a bigger community. Getting to know people makes Canada a better place and, when you volunteer, you get to meet a lot of different people. I meet many people from other cultures, we communicate and get comfortable together, and we develop relationships and friendships. If you’re a good listener, and if you care about people, you can do this role. It really becomes natural after a while.

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