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Sushila

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

The Spanish Conversation Club is a free class offered to members of the public who wish to increase their oral language skills and gain confidence in speaking. It is facilitated by volunteers who guide participants in their Spanish conversations, answer questions, and ensure the group runs smoothly and has fun!

Sushila is one of our cherished volunteers with the Spanish Conversation Club at the Memorial Park Library, where she has been volunteering for the last year and a half.

Originally from Venezuela, Sushila is pursuing a career in the field of child care but enjoys teaching Spanish for fun on the side. All of the volunteers who work with Sushila say how friendly and organized she is. She is great at communicating with all the staff and volunteers, and has been affectionately called ‘the boss’ by a fellow volunteer. The participants of the club thoroughly enjoy having Sushila as a teacher, comments such as this one are commonplace for Sushila; “I really enjoyed the friendliness of the instructors and their sense of humour. They made us feel very at ease thereby making it easy to speak."

Sushila says that volunteering has positively impacted her life: “The staff at the library are so friendly. When I first came here I didn’t know any Canadians, but I have met many new people through the Spanish Conversation Club.”

Thank you Sushila for all of your dedication teaching Spanish to your fellow Calgarians!

Filza

by Christine P - 7 Comment(s)

Filza is one of the newest additions to our team of youth volunteers and we are very happy to have her! She began volunteering just over a month ago and has since been hooked; in just a short period of time she has been involved with CyberSeniors Connect, Computer Buddies and ESL Teen Talk.

Filza enjoys volunteering because it gives her the opportunity to communicate with members of the community. “The greatest part of volunteering is that you are able to interact with a diverse group of participants and are able to help the community strive to accomplish a goal.”

Over spring break Filza volunteered for ESL Teen Talk, a program where youth English language learners can practice their language skills while enjoying conversation, fun activities and interaction with peer volunteers. She obviously enjoyed her time: “In the ESL Teen Talk program it was amazing how there were people from eleven different countries gathered into one room. Despite our differences we were all able to unite as a collective group and were successfully able to interact and make friends. This program is unlike any other in the sense that a bond was created among the group. My favorite part is that the volunteers and the participants are not only comfortable in sharing one and others ideas, but are also encouraging and appreciating each other.”

If you are interested in learning more about our youth volunteer opportunities click here.

ESL Volunteers make a difference

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Here are the lovely Memorial Park ESL Conversation Club volunteers in action.

From left to right: Ida, Marianna, Sudha, Salik, and Glenn

Thank you for helping English learners improve their skills!

Thank you Conoco Phillips Team

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Read Letter Day

Thank you to Conoco Phillips employees who volunteered for our Read Letter Day program,

hosted by Memorial Park Library, on February 14th, 2012!

Read Letter Day is an adult group volunteering opportunity where a social or employee group volunteer reading stories to children to promote literacy.

To learn more about this program, click here.

A day in the life of a Volunteer

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Volunteers and learners arrive at the Spanish Converastion Club.

Going over some Spanish vocabulary.

Students have mock conversations: results are hilarious!

Playing a learning game with the students

Heading home after a great night!

Our Volunteers are Award-worthy

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Every April Volunteer Calgary celebrates the best in volunteerism in Calgary with their annual Leadership Awards.

The Library is happy to nominate some of our innovative programs and amazing volunteers for their hard work and dedication to changing the lives of Calgarians.

Congratulations to all of our nominees:

  • Maureen Proctor for the Heart of Calgary Award
  • Arlie Ring for the Volunteer in Profile Award
  • Lori and Mika Jarratt for the Volunteer Animal Award
  • Denise Justino, representing the Living Library program, for the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category
  • Karen Lam for the Leaders of Tomorrow Award (Not pictured)

Best of luck to all the nominees and thank you for volunteering at the Library!

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