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National Volunteer Week 2018

It's National Volunteer Week! We want to thank all of the volunteers who have made an incredible impact across our organization and in our communities. Here's a selection of quotes from some of the amazing volunteers at NYCH:

Group of participants smiling in the kitchen during a Cooking Program

“When I volunteer, I am filled with joy every time I see a smile on people’s faces. Going to the English Conversation Circles has been the highlight of my week and I feel encouraged when the participants and seniors tell me that their English is improving; it is the fire that inspires me to continue volunteering. I am able to hone my leadership and communication skills every week. My peers and colleagues tell me that I have become more confident when public speaking; this is because of the practice that I am getting with the seniors. This experience has also opened my understanding of different issues, this is an experience that I will take with me in all of the work that I do in the future. I really appreciate the opportunity at NYCH and I appreciate the Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers project with ENRICHES.” - LENEQUE, Placement Student/ECC and Cooking Program Group Facilitator

Amal, a NYCH volunteer

“As a friendly-visitor [in the Social Mentorship program], I have a really great experience with the senior I am matched with. He wants to learn so many things, including the computer. He’s really appreciative of the time and connection we’ve made. This makes you feel really good and makes you want to continue helping others. Volunteering in this program boosts your confidence, self-esteem and makes you feel great about yourself and what you’ve done."  - AMAL, Youth Social Mentor volunteer

Sundus, a NYCH volunteer

“My caregiver match has started to open up a lot since we first started meeting up. I feel like we are developing a trustworthy relationship, where she shares her past difficulties, as well as her present achievements. She likes to share her feelings and she is very honest by giving me the best advice. I feel like I learn so much from her. She has taught me that sometimes courage means it's time for you to step away (even though that may seem cowardly on the outside). She's a wonderful woman and I look forward to seeing her every week!” - SUNDUS, Youth Social Mentor volunteer

"It has been great to give back to the community especially in a way in which I could see the immediate results. Having been born into the digital age, I had not really given thought to the generational rift caused by technology. The seniors I worked with had a strong desire to be informed and independent and it was fulfilling to give them the tools they needed. One of my tutees was especially excited by Google Translate, knowing that he could now read the Toronto Star and follow local news allowing him to be more civically engaged". - Youth Program volunteer

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“I want to thank you and the volunteers who come here to help with the program. I never knew how to even turn on a computer...now I’m coming here and I’m using my own two hands! (laughs). For me as a senior and losing my husband one year ago last Thursday…this program helps me to come out of my comfort zone and out of my home”. - Newcomer senior, computer program participant
 

 “Volunteers can give us one-to-one help. When there is a teacher up at the front of the class, it’s too fast. We can’t stop and say, ‘I’m lost’. But with a volunteer, we can be slow and ask questions and not feel bad to stop the teacher for questions. Generally, people don’t have patience with older people, but volunteers have the patience; we appreciate the volunteers. This type of program can help especially newcomers”. - Newcomer senior, computer program participant
 

“Ayesha is a very polite and friendly volunteer. She is a good listener and makes time to check with everyone. Ayesha was very involved in the program I was in. She has shared her knowledge and experience and took extra steps to help others." - Newcomer senior
 

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The Benefits of Volunteering for Newcomers to Canada

According to the 2013 General Social Survey (GSS), 59% of Canadians aged 15 years and older, have volunteered for a charitable or non-profit organization or group at some point in their lives – and we have seen first-hand what an incredible impact this kind of contribution can have on the community.

...a great opportunity to gain Canadian experience, expand their network, and learn to work with diverse groups.

Newcomers to Canada are quick to realize that volunteering is an integral part of Canadian culture – and a really great way to learn more about that culture, too. For the recent immigrants who volunteer at NYCH, the role is a great opportunity to gain Canadian experience, expand their network, and learn to work with diverse groups.

NYCH volunteers are also placed on a mailing list where they receive community news and job postings, which is particularly helpful for new Canadians who are looking to connect with their neighbours or hoping to enter the Canadian labour market. 

Newcomer volunteers can even meet with staff members who will assist them with resume writing and interview techniques, and provide references for job applications. This can be a major confidence boost to newcomers looking for work – and we have seen many volunteers eventually getting hired based on their skills, knowledge, and the experience they gained from volunteering. 

A group of NYCH volunteers

...we provide mentorship because it is a stepping stone to help newcomers reach their goals.

On the other side of the coin, we have seen volunteers who were born in Canada or have lived here for some time, offering their support to newcomers and helping them in their settlement and integration into the community. This has been especially evident in our Mentorship Program. “At North York Community House, we provide mentorship because it is a stepping stone to help newcomers reach their goals.” says Gulcin, NYCH’s Mentorship Program Worker

He is very supportive and helpful, and he answered a lot of my questions...

Volunteer mentors assist newcomers in their professional and social development in a variety of ways, such as providing tips and resources, helping to improve English language skills and expand professional networks, sharing insights into Canadian workplace culture, and quite simply, being there to answer questions when things get complicated.

A recent Mentorship Program Participant described his experience, saying, “I am glad that I got to meet a good mentor like Alex. He is very supportive and helpful, and he answered a lot of my questions, which will definitely help me in my job search. This meeting was very fruitful for me.”

This guidance, in both group and one-on-one mentoring sessions, plays an important part in a newcomer’s journey towards becoming part of the community, finding meaningful employment and building the confidence, knowledge and skills to achieve their goals. 

We are grateful for all of the volunteers who generously give back to the community – and happy that all of this hard work and dedication can make a difference in the lives of so many new Canadians.

Learn more about volunteering at NYCH
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Volunteering with Seniors at NYCH

By Besma Soltan, Training Coordinator, Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers

Building on the success of its first year, the Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers (NCSC) project continues to connect volunteers to isolated, newcomer senior caregivers. The volunteers have been a mixture of newcomers to Canada, recent university graduates from health- or social services-related programs, and seniors who were caregivers themselves. This diversity, along with the diversity of our volunteers' spoken languages and cultures, has allowed us to create balanced programs that effectively respond to the needs of caregivers. 

It provided me with a good start to my career, where I developed great experience interacting with seniors.

Feda, Volunteer with NYCH's NCSC program

Volunteering is a rewarding experience, with the reward depending on the volunteer’s objective. All of our volunteers receive a comprehensive training that provides information on the issues faced by caregivers (aged 55+) and the impact of their role. As the number of seniors in Canada continues to rise, and with it the number of caregivers, being aware of this larger context has allowed our volunteers to realize the importance of their role within the program, as well as outside of it. 

Feda is one volunteer who took this experience to the next level. Feda’s interest in working with seniors grew after being matched one-on-one with an isolated caregiver in the NCSC Friendly Visiting Program. She was able to connect her caregiver partner to information and resources, helped her improve her English skills, and created a safe environment for the caregiver to open up about her struggles as a newcomer and a caregiver. This knowledge gave Feda a good start in her new role working in a seniors' home. “It provided me with a good start to my career, where I developed great experience interacting with seniors”, Feda shared.

Other volunteers shared their joy at seeing how enthusiastic older caregivers were about improving their knowledge and skills. “This is an impetus for the volunteer mentor to also support them with computer learning”, shared Minakshi Das, one of our NCSC volunteers. Minakshi has worked one-on-one with an isolated caregiver, and is now matched with a couple to provide computer instruction, which is one of her passions and one of the couple’s goals.

With 8 million caregivers in Canada, the majority providing care to a close family member (carerscanada.ca), we depend on our volunteers to help connect them (and their care-recipient) to information and available services. We have also been happy to see the benefit for both partners, with the caregivers finding companionship and links to resources which they weren’t previously aware, and the volunteers learning new information themselves and enhancing their transferable skills. 

We look forward to working with more amazing volunteers who enhance the value of the program, and contribute to making the lives of senior caregivers better.


To volunteer, please contact Besma Soltan, Training Coordinator for NCSC, at bsoltan@nych.ca or 647-459-0547. If you are a caregiver or know of one, please contact Shova Adhikhari, NCSC Outreach Coordinator, at sadhikari@nych.ca or 647-208-9733.


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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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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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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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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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