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From English to Spanish

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With welcoming smiles and genuine empathy, Clara Galvan and Arturo Gutierrez have a way of setting people at ease. The husband and wife team are the motivating force behind the Spanish Conversation Club at Fish Creek. Instantly charming and disarming, Arturo and Clara are blessed with ebullient personalities and caring natures. Helping Spanish language learners to flourish and gain confidence comes naturally for them!

Part of their success lies in the fact that they have been on the other side of the table as well. Clara and Arturo began as participants in the ESL Conversation Club shortly after emigrating from Mexico. Through the ESL Conversation Club, they honed their English language skills and made new friends along the way.

When Spanish Conversation Club started up at Fish Creek Library, the two were a natural fit as volunteers. The move from participant to volunteer was seamless. Clara and Arturo had been inspired to give back and to enrich their community in their own way.

We at the Calgary Public Library would like to take this opportunity to thank Clara and Arturo for their heartfelt contribution. With their assistance, Spanish Conversation Club has been a great success!

The Niceties of ESL Conversation Club

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Since Fall 2003, Mary Craig has contributed 165 hours to a number of volunteer programs at the Calgary Public Library. From ESL Conversation Club to Proctoring, her presence is felt across the system. However, what sets Mary apart is that she may be the nicest volunteer you will encounter at the Calgary Public Library.

In the ESL Conversation Club, Mary's pleasant demeanor makes her an extremely approachable individual. This is of the utmost importance in this program as a positive, nurturing environment helps participants to build confidence in their English language skills. Moreover, participants draw upon Mary’s devotion and loyalty to the program – bolstering their own enthusiasm. These traits, in conjunction with her extensive experience as a teacher, have proven invaluable to the ESL Conversation Club at the Central Library.

Yet to Mary, her motivations for volunteering are simple: it’s because she enjoys it. The volunteer opportunities at Calgary Public Library offer unique interactions with a variety of individuals; the happiness and enlightenment Mary derives from these interactions fuel her own passions. Mary Craig is the embodiment of a stellar volunteer. Through her commitment and contributions she has made a tremendous difference in the lives of others!

VESL Volunteer Highlights Fall 2009

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Memorial Park ESL Conversation Club - Pam and Linda center

The success of the ESL Conversation Club at the Calgary Public Library lies in the hands of its volunteers. It is through these individuals that we are capable of fostering a positive environment for new Calgarians. Pam Hansen and Linda Zaferis are two such individuals. Drawing upon her skills and experience as a teacher in New Zealand, Pam leads the Club with calm assurance. To her, the participants are an inspiration – their ability to persevere whilst adapting to a new environment and culture is unique. While Linda, with her fresh and effervescent personality is the perfect foil. Her openness and enthusiasm make the session’s fun for everyone. Linda comments that at times the participants are the actual teachers; their courage, tenacity, and humor in the face of adversity is something that we all can learn from. Both are a pleasure to work with and are passionately committed volunteers. Calgary Public Library, and Memorial Park, are extremely fortunate to have Pam and Linda as part of our Volunteer family.

Notable Volunteers

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We would like to recognize both Ana Mullen, a learner in the Reading Advantage Program, and her mentor Reading Advantage volunteer Peter Cutting: Ana was the winner of the Literacy Alberta Stepping Stones Scholarship recognizing outstanding achievement and ongoing efforts of an adult learner; while, Peter was a nominee at the Volunteer Calgary Leadership Awards for the “Heart of Calgary” category for all his work in the Reading Advantage Program. Congratulations to you both!

Norma High, 35-year volunteer in the Libraries in Residence program was recognized as a nominee at the 2009 Outstanding Calgary Seniors Awards hosted by the Calgary Chapter Alberta Association on Gerontology. Congratulations Norma!

Top 25 Canadian Immigrants

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Calgary Public Library Volunteer Rossbina Nathoo, has been chosen one of the top 25 Canadian Immigrants in 2009. Nathoo fled war torn Uganda at the age of 16, coming to Canada and establishing herself as an independent and socially engaged citizen.

Founder of F.O.C.U.S. on Seniors, Rossbina works tirelessly to make her adopted hometown of Calgary a great place for immigrants and established Canadians alike.

Volunteering at CPL in various programs – including computer literacy and ESL classes – Rossbina provides immigrants access to valuable settlement resources.

John Dutton Volunteer fo the Year Award 2009

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Phyllis Gale’s volunteering career with the Calgary Public Library began in 1974 when she answered an advertisement to deliver library materials in the then fledgling Homebound Readers program.

An enthusiastic ambassador and advocate of the library, Phyllis has had a positive impact on both CPL staff and program participants alike. The staff at Glenmore Square never cease to smile when she comes into the branch as they know through Phyllis, the lives of others are being enhanced and enriched.

To this stellar volunteer, the product of volunteerism is twofold: the benefit to the community, and the ability to form connections amongst individuals.

Phyllis Gale’s steadfast dedication and long-term commitment more than warrant her recognition as the John Dutton Volunteer of the Year for 2009.

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