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National Volunteer Week: Friday

If only National Volunteer Week were longer!

We have so many volunteers to thank and so little time. Last year, we had 258 active volunteers contribute well over 3000 volunteer hours - and that doesn't even include the one-time event volunteers, Days of Caring volunteers, some of our student volunteers, and more!

We are incredibly thankful for the generosity we have witnessed from all of these individuals - they continue to show us that communities truly are stronger when we get involved and connect with each other.

So today, we want to thank all of our amazing volunteers from each and every program and event; everyone who has supported us in the areas of childminding, tutoring, cooking programs, interpretation support at client appointments, community resident groups, mentorship support and more: THANK YOU!

In addition to everyone we've already mentioned during the week, here are a few more names of the marvelous volunteers who worked with us over the past two years:

Guadaloupe
Afsaneh
Maria C
Tatyana
Miranda
Jincy
Zhana
Cathy
Vladen
Chien-Han
Karine
Tapiwa
Devonte
Patience
Jona
Maryam A.
Harold
Rebecca
Olu
Archana
Mamadou
Harold B.
Judith
Katlyn
Winnie
Ronny
Zoya
Shamim
Vivienne
Shirin
Jenalyn
Joy R. 
Daysi
Michael

 

Subba
Innessa
Chantel
Vijayalakshmi
Aicha
Raquel
Tracey
Brian
Judah
David W. 
Babita
Stephanie
Nizam
Shania
Holly
Lesley
Agudita
Vida
Nazim
Addila
Roya
Altinay
Desi
Andrew C. 
Catherine
Helen Z
Priscilla
Tuya
Esther
Mandana
Kamel
Dayna
Jeno
Emily

Bergin
Thilaga
Lisa B.
Emily
Wendy
Marina K.
Elaine
Umida
Selvi
Jae Sun
Cristina V. 
Olga
Shen
Andrew P.
Jiyoon
Shervin
Maria A.
Dragana
Foro
Rosette
Jeegar
Nergis
Diego
Manya
Christopher R
Ji Yoon
Sandy
Han
Cindy
Marina R.
Isabel
Etleva
Sathasivampillai
Dion

 

Vasily
Emely
Sunaina
Liza M
Ishi
Andrejs
Edward
Samaa
Hong
Xinying
Adna
Mehmet
Pramila
Alex
Serene
Helen C
Amina
Vanessa
Vicki


If you would like to volunteer with North York Community House, please submit an online application

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National Volunteer Week: Thursday

During National Volunteer Week (April 10 - 16), we've been celebrating volunteers from all across our organization. So today, we thought we'd share just how much of an impact these volunteers have on the people we serve.

Take a look at some of the feedback we've gotten from the participants in our Professional English Conversation Circles and LINC Conversation Circles. In these ECCs, volunteers support participants in building their language skills and increasing their understanding of Canadian workplace culture.

"I really like the idea of this kind of ECC; it helps me in navigating the job environment in Canada."

"It's a very valuable tool for encouraging spontaneous speech in a safe environment."

"This class helped me speak English so people can understand me - and I gained confidence."

"I became more knowledgeable about job culture, some specific idioms and how to be ready for certain situations."

"Attending English Conversation Circles has helped me to get a job."

 

Professional ECC

Evaluation completed on December 8, 2015

Professional ECC

Evaluation completed on December 8, 2015
 

It's pretty amazing to see how helpful this program has been for new Canadians - and a large part of that impact is due to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. So, let's hear it for the fantastic volunteers who support our Professional English Conversation Circles and LINC Conversation Circles:

•    Krystal
•    Hong
•    Soo Bin
•    Sonette
•    Audrey
•    Sheri
•    Mark
•    Carmen
•    Shane
•    Jonathan
•    Joan

•    Mohsen
•    Vanessa
•    Tooba
•    Harley
•    Marilyn
•    Helen
•    Yusuf
•    Afsaneh
•    Sara
•    Sebastian
•    Linda


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: 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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