Volunteer of the Month - April 2014

On March 7, 2014, Immigrant Services Calgary hosted the 18th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards gala.

We are always grateful to each one of our Special Events Volunteers who contribute their gifts, energy, and talents to make this event a great success! One of these outstanding volunteers is Olga Kuznetsova. Below is her story:

I immigrated to Canada from Ukraine in 2012. I knew that moving to another country would not be easy but I was ready to cope with difficulties.  

My first goal was to focus on improving my language skills. I found a job that would give me financial support and the opportunity to attend English courses. It was a difficult time – after eight hours of physical work during the day, I went to language classes in the evening. I am very grateful to my new friends in Calgary who have supported me and continue to support me during my transition in Canada.

I have an accounting background with 13 years of work experience in Ukraine. I knew that for me to achieve my career goal in Canada I needed to be fluent in English and gain experience working in Canada. One of my friends told me about Immigrant Services Calgary. I applied to work as an Office Support and Special Events Volunteer. Becoming part of the team of volunteers was a great experience: I met wonderful people who have helped me gain soft skills and a new experience of working in the Canadian business world.

I am currently a volunteer at ISC’s Mosaic Family Resource Centre. This department helps families integrate into Canadian society. I am very glad that my work has been a part of this noble cause.

I am grateful to the people with whom I have worked with during these two years at ISC. I have met new friends who have the desire to help others and I appreciate all of them for their patience and friendliness.

I know that volunteering is necessary, and I will continue to devote my time to helping others because I feel the most happy when I can give to others.

Congratulations Olga on being selected ISC’s Volunteer of the Month!

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