Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?
A: When I came to Canada, I struggled a lot and nobody was there to help me. Because of that, I got depressed. When I could deal with my depression, I decided to help other people so that they don't go through the same problem. That's why I volunteered for different organizations and in different roles.
Q: How did you get connected with North York Community House?
A: I was searching for volunteer opportunities and I saw the North York Community House website. I contacted them, and after an interview, I started my volunteer duties up to now.
Q: What has been your favourite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far?
A: In one of the conversation circles that I was assisting, someone came to me and said, "You are very good!" I saw that she noticed the effort that I am putting into my duties and that is my favourite thing - that I make a difference in people's lives.
Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?
A: When you volunteer, it is not important what you do - the important thing is that you help other people, and that gives you satisfaction. I feel that I can impact society and make it a better place to live.
Q: If you could have any superpower what would it be (and why)?
A: I would like to have the power to travel in time, so I can go back and not waste my time - instead, I would help more people. The other one is the power of healing; in that case, I can help people get rid of their illnesses.
We're so grateful for the efforts of all our volunteers, and hope to feature many more of them on our blog. If you would like to volunteer with North York Community House, please submit an online application.