December Volunteer of the Month

December 2012 - Marie Dieme

ISC’s Volunteer of the Month Is Marie Dieme. 

Marie is originally from the West African nation of Senegal.  At 17 she had her first experience of immigrating to a new country when her family moved to France. She returned to Senegal a few years later where she met and married her husband.  After having two children, they decided to leave Senegal and immigrate to Canada. They moved to Quebec and lived there until 2012. When her husband found employment in Calgary, Marie was apprehensive about relocating to Calgary as she did not know how to speak English.  She knew she would not learn a new language by staying at home so she enrolled at a Bow Valley College ESL course. While attending this course, she learned about ISC’s volunteer program and decided to sign up.

Marie volunteers with the ISC’s Mosaic Pre-School Program, for which she has already contributed over 80 volunteer hours. The Mosaic Pre-School Program runs Tuesday and Thursdays mornings and afternoons. Through a play-based curriculum this program supports the social, cognitive, physical, emotional, and language development of immigrant and refugee children from 3-5 years old. The program also encourages a culturally sensitive and safe environment with first language support.

“I am really excited to work with the Mosaic Preschool because it is a great opportunity for me to work with kids from different cultural backgrounds. I am able to build good skills on how to work with people. So this volunteering opportunity can help me to improve my English and to work towards my future goals”.

Marie is a wonderful addition to our Volunteer team! Her patience and compassion is felt not only by the preschool children, but also by the parents and all ISC staff.

On behalf of the Mosaic Preschool team, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Marie for her dedication and hard work.

Congratulations Marie!

 

 

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