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National Volunteer Week: Wednesday

As National Volunteer Week continues, we thought we'd take a day to thank the volunteers who participate in our weekly English Conversation Circle (ECC) at the Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies.

The success of drop-in Conversation Circles like these really is dependent on the passion and skills of our volunteers. They are able to create a welcoming atmosphere that makes participants feel comfortable enough to open up and chat. Ultimately, this informal conversation helps to build each participant's confidence in speaking English, and also creates opportunities for newcomers to network and build relationships.

But rather than hearing us go on and on about how awesome these volunteers are, we'll let one of our ECC participants tell you. Last year, Shaobin (who has also volunteered with NYCH) wrote a thank you letter to the volunteers in our Conversation Circles. In the letter, he describes volunteers by saying, "They are more like friends. Participants in these groups feel more relaxed and it is easier to become confident and comfortable." Shaobin continues, "They help us to make a better life and become better Canadians. They help Canada to be a better place."

Wow - we couldn't have said it any better! Read Shaobin's full thank you letter here.

So, without further ado, here are the names of the incredible volunteers who have been a part of our Monday English Conversation Circles over the past two years:

•    Florence
•    Cristine
•    Aida
•    Tooba
•    Samia
•    Ghahreman
•    Fataneh
•    Serafino
•    Chen
•    Farahnaz
•    Nabil
•    Joan
•    Sara

•    Bob
•    Margaret
•    Marilyn
•    Mehdi
•    Mitra
•    Dianne
•    Mahvash
•    Jyothi
•    Farahnaz
•    Diana
•    Zahra
•    Laleh
•    Maria


We're so grateful for the efforts of all our volunteers - thank you! If you would like to volunteer with North York Community House, please submit an online application

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National Volunteer Week: Tuesday

It's National Volunteer Week - and today, we're taking time to recognize the volunteers who have been involved in our Citizenship Preparation programs and Walking Conversation Circles.

It has been truly inspiring to see how our volunteers have taken a lead role in these activities.

Through our Walking Conversation Circles, newcomers are able practice their English language skills in an informal group while exploring the city of Toronto. It's a great opportunity for volunteers and participants to interact on a more personal level and have a shared Canadian experience. Beyond the conversational skills that are developed, volunteers help newcomers establish a stronger connection to the city they now call home.

In our Citizenship Preparation programs, volunteers - many of whom are newcomers themselves - are motivated to facilitate sessions as a way to give back and support those who are going through the same things they experienced only a few years prior. By sharing their first-hand knowledge, volunteers make an important contribution to the impact of these prep sessions. 

Here are the names of the awesome individuals who have volunteered in these programs over the past two years:

•    Sosina
•    Rebecca
•    Thi Phung Thu
•    Maria V.
•    Andrea
•    Luisa
•    Shaobin
•    Mitra
•    Ayesha
•    Mitra
•    Zinat
•    Pheven
•    Nicole
•    Rahel
•    David
•    Mahrukh
•    Shalini
•    Julio
•    Florence Ugur
•    Aida
•    Angelina

•    Purity
•    Chetna
•    Sonette
•    Aida
•    Tyler
•    Joy
•    Safa
•    Mehdi
•    Kimberley
•    Ohla
•    Susana
•    Alina
•    Jessica
•    Tulsi
•    Violeta
•    Nicole
•    Sheri
•    Helaine
•    Joy
•    Nargiza
•    Safa


We're so grateful for the efforts of all our volunteers - thank you! If you would like to volunteer with North York Community House, please submit an online application

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National Volunteer Week: Monday

To celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 10 -16), we would like to express our appreciation for our volunteers, past and present, who have contributed to the success of our work with newcomers to Canada and residents in northwest Toronto.

Today, we're thanking our Wednesday evening English Conversation Circle (ECC) volunteers - who work to support the conversational skills of new Canadians.

Here are the names of those amazing individuals who worked with us over the past two years:

•    Carmen
•    Ray
•    Christopher
•    Evelyn
•    Rebecca R.
•    Vanessa
•    Kimberley
•    Harley
•    Selma
•    Joel
•    Afaun
•    Narciso
•    Mariya
•    Lisa
•    Russell
•    Golnoosh

•    Mehrisima
•    Julio P
•    Anita
•    Judith
•    Serafino
•    Annabel
•    Safia
•    Nicole
•    Mehrraz
•    Nicole
•    Sean
•    Krystle
•    Kim
•    Alex
•    Jessica
•    Rahel

•    Pheven
•    Zenia
•    Shaku
•    Raynaldo
•    Ammar
•    Olga
•    Lynda
•    Emily
•    Sabrina
•    Honey
•    Bob
•    Derek
•    Safa
•    Charles
•    Matthew


We're so grateful for the efforts of all our volunteers - thank you! If you would like to volunteer with North York Community House, please submit an online application

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