“…reignited my enthusiasm for work in an art related field…”
Why did you become a Roundhouse Volunteer?
The unique heritage architecture at the Roundhouse Community Centre, along with the various programs, appealed to me. I considered volunteering a good way to learn more about what’s going on in this community and to make some new friends.
How much time do you devote to volunteering?
I started volunteering at the Roundhouse a couple of years ago, only for special events. Basically, one shift lasts three to four hours.
What has surprised you most about your volunteer experience?
Years ago I volunteered for the Diwali event. A gentleman came to me and politely told me that he ordered some pizza for the volunteers, in order to show his respect and appreciation. We actually had plenty of food prepared by the organizer and Roundhouse that night, yet his kindness was really impressive!
What new skills have you learned through your volunteer experience?
Ushering and crowd control, and I’ve learned how to upload photos to Flickr for the Papergirl project.
How has volunteering helped to shape your career/future goals?
I have assisted some artists with their projects, and learned about their passion for art. This has, somehow, reignited my enthusiasm for work in an art related field as my future goal.
What would you tell others about becoming a volunteer?
I would encourage others, especially new ESL immigrants, to become a volunteer. It is a good way to explore and observe a society and to be part of it and make friends.
Do you have a hero?
At this stage of my life, Martha Stewart is one of my heroes. She has successfully turned her hobbies into her career. I have hobbies: drawing, paper crafting, sewing, but they are still hobbies so far. She is really an inspiration to me.