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Meet a NYCH Volunteer: Mitra

At NYCH, we have a fantastic group of volunteers. So, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who generously share their time and expertise across our organization. 

Meet Mitra - she has been volunteering as a Language Facilitator in our ECC and WECC since January 2013.

Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?

A: I do it because of a couple of reasons: To match my personality and interests; to share my knowledge and communication skills with newcomers; to create a fun learning environment for them to overcome their language and cultural barriers; and to help them improve their self-confidence and self-esteem in expressing their stories freely. 

Q: How did you get connected with North York Community House? 

A: I was introduced to Ms. Maxine McKoy, Volunteer Coordinator, by one of the NYCH staff and after having an interview, I started my volunteering position as a Language Facilitator in ECC and WECC since January 2013. 

Q: What has been your favorite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far?

A: Volunteering at NYCH gives me a natural sense of accomplishment, doing good for others and the community.

Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?

A: Volunteering benefits both the society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for active participation and civic engagement. In short, volunteering protects your mental and physical health.

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be (and why)?

A: I wish I had the superpower of “Flying” and see the world from a bird’s eye view.  Being able to travel anywhere that I like, especially when I miss my family and friends back home. To be with them in a flash of light!
 


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

 

 

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Meet a NYCH Volunteer: Helen

At NYCH, we have a fantastic group of volunteers. So, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who generously share their time and expertise across our organization. 

Meet Helen - previously a mentee with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), she eventually decided to become a mentor herself as a way to give back to the community. She is currently, a Volunteer Mentor with our Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers project.

 

 

Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?

A: I attended York Regions’ conference for the Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPS). One of the speakers repeatedly said volunteering is the key job search strategy. That widened the sphere of my thoughts and, instantly, I took a decision to become a volunteer. I am actively volunteering with North York Community House. Volunteering opens up opportunities, it is a great way to meet different people, acquire skills and a fantastic way to build on personal and professional development.

Q: How did you get connected with NYCH?

A: I got connected with NYCH through my first hand experience with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) as a mentee. My mentor introduced me to her good friend - one of the dedicated Directors at North York Community House. I scheduled an informational interview with her to gain more insight into workplace culture and the working practices of my profession in Canada. I felt strengthened and inspired after the meeting because her organizational workplace values and goals are aligned with mine. Given the contact of the Volunteer Coordinator, my crystal ball revealed to me that I can be part of a passionate team that provides exceptional services to the community. 

Q: What has been your favourite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far?

A: My favourite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far is their organizational structure. You can’t miss any update or activity. Their coordination and supervision are directed toward the achievement of the organizational aim. Workshops and training sessions are usually described as thought-provoking, practical and fun. Culture fit is very important in making the decision of where to volunteer. NYCH welcomes people from diverse cultures and also encourages professional relationships. They are like one big family working towards a common vision. This has added a great deal to my life and the lives of those for whom I volunteer. Volunteering with NYCH offered me a chance to become involved in a project (Newcomers Connections for Senior Caregivers) as a Mentor.  This is a passionate service given to senior caregivers to reduce isolation and enhance their lives. I was lucky to join NYCH when the project was newly introduced. To me, the project is a life saver. Volunteering with NYCH has made a positive difference to my life. I was a Mentee with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Today, I am a Mentor at NYCH - giving something back to the community.

Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?

A: The importance of volunteering cannot be overemphasized. The impact on the community is amazing. Volunteering improves and supports our community by giving energy and time to non-profit agencies that provide passionate services to the residents of the community. Volunteering is not only beneficial to the community but also to the volunteer. As a volunteer, you learn something new, develop new skills and keep skills alive, make new friends and contacts, build your professional network, explore careers, develop confidence and self esteem. 

Sometimes volunteering may lead to a job. It gives you a chance to become involved with an organization you really care about. In a nutshell, volunteering is helping others while helping yourself.  The only reward of virtue is virtue. It is not a one-way service. A great experience to have. Try it on today - you will be very happy you did!

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

A: My super power would be healing. To take away pain and suffering from the world. Wish my super power could help those experiencing mental health issues and heal those with terminal illnesses like cancer.


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

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Meet a NYCH Volunteer: Mehmet

At NYCH, we have a fantastic group of volunteers. So, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who generously share their time and expertise across our organization. 

Meet Mehmet - he has been a Volunteer Mentor with NYCH since February 2016 - and has provided support to newcomers in the areas of language, networking and Canadian workplace culture.

Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?

A: I want to be in touch with people in my free time. I love meeting new people; people from different countries and cities. I believe I have a lot to learn from each person that I meet.

Q: How did you get connected with North York Community House?

A: I met Maxine and Gulcin at a volunteer fair at York University. We had a pleasant conversation, and I decided to keep in touch to figure out what opportunities there were for me in terms of volunteering.

Q: What has been your favourite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far?

A: I like the fact that NYCH has a good dynamic. I did not have a chance to meet everyone in the team yet but I am looking forward to it.

Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?

A: Volunteering is important because it gives us an opportunity to share our life experiences with others while learning from others at the same time. 

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be (and why)?

A: I would love to be able to soothe people instantly because it breaks my heart to see people suffer.


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

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Meet a NYCH Volunteer: Thu Nguyen

At NYCH, we have a fantastic group of volunteers. So, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who generously share their time and expertise across our organization. 

Meet Thu Nguyen - she has volunteered with our Citizenship Preparation Program and English Conversation Circles.

Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?
 
A: My motivation for volunteering is I am grateful for the help I received when I came to Canada and I want to give back to the community. I think volunteering can help people in need to receive necessary support, same as I got before. That’s why I became a volunteer.
 
Q: How did you get connected with North York Community House?
 
A: I heard about NYCH from my husband, who was a NYCH volunteer before. My instructor at Medix College also mentioned NYCH as an agency that students could contact for volunteering opportunities.
 
Q: What has been your favourite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far?
 
A: Volunteering at NYCH, I was encouraged to get involved in presenting some sessions for their Citizenship Preparation Program. After my first presentation, I got a “thank you” email from a NYCH worker saying that she appreciated my effort. Her recognition motivated me a lot. The staff at NYCH are very supportive, and that encourages me to engage in volunteering at NYCH.
 
Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?
 
A: Volunteering gives people an opportunity to make a useful contribution to the community. I think it is a practical way to encourage people to participate in social work by sharing their skills and experiences for the development of the society. 
 
Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be (and why)?

A: If I could have a superpower, I wish it could be a healing power that would help me to heal all the diseases and sufferings, bring happiness to all families and make people's lives better.


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

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Meet a NYCH Volunteer: Isabel

At NYCH, we have a fantastic group of volunteers. So, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who generously share their time and expertise across our organization. 

Meet Isabel - she has volunteered with our Get Moving! After-School Program, as well as at various community events.

Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?

A: I became a volunteer of North York Community House because I wanted to work with children and youth and be an inspiration with my art and face-painting. I have taught Creative Arts at the Get Moving! Program at Joyce Parkway, Flemington and have face-painted at some NYCH events - and the children never forget my slogan: "Art is Beautiful".

Q: How did you get connected with North York Community House?

A: I was shopping in Lawrence Square one day and decided to drop in to the North York Community House office there. I saw the coordinator of the Get Moving! Program and that was it - she told me to start volunteering right away. Then, I also started getting involved with all of the events, programs and volunteer workshops at NYCH.

Q: What has been your favourite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far?

A: My favourite thing about volunteering at NYCH is that I really appreciate the staff utilizing and recognizing my artistic talents, so I am able to do events and make them more fun with my face-painting, crafts and other skills. Coming out to do their events creates a great community spirit! 

I also like the fact that I have been able to promote my art, and especially the face-painting. Staff and organizers have given me funds to cover the cost of paint which I also really appreciate.

And lastly, I love that I have been an inspiration to the children and youth with my art.

Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?

A: Volunteering is important because we are reaching out to the community - children, youth and seniors - and using our skills and talents. It is also good for our all around natural well-being.

It also develops your ability to get along with people, use your skills and use your time wisely.

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be (and why)?

My superpower would be Magic because I would like (in a flash) to see and to have a better living environment for children and youth...that means more events, more programming and MORE ART!


If you would like to connect with Isabel for her artistic services, you can find more information here.

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

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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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Meet a NYCH Volunteer: Mohsen

At NYCH, we have a fantastic group of volunteers. So, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who generously share their time and expertise across our organization. 

Meet Mohsen - he volunteers with our English Conversation Circles and Computer Club.

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

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