Volunteer of the Month - July 2013

July 2013

Indira CaroISC’s Volunteer of the month is Indira Caro.  Indira has been an extremely valuable and loyal volunteer for Employment Bridging Services. Taking time out of her busy schedule as a mother and student, Indira has volunteered every week, developing a new database for the service, in addition to providing very strong, ongoing administrative support. Having Indira as a volunteer is a huge asset to Immigrant Services Calgary

Below is her story:

“My name is Indira Caro, I am a petroleum Engineer from Colombia. After motherhood I decided to go back to school and I chose to enter the field of psychology. I believe my new chosen career will allow me to carry out my need for learning, and performing research to positively impact others. I have been asked several times why I decided to switch over from Engineering to Psychology. It is not an easy question because I think I will never stop being an Engineer; I know an Engineer has a need to find solutions to practical problems, to optimize outcomes, to understand how things work. All these same tasks are what brought me to explore the field of psychology: a desire to understand why people act the way they do, what make us do certain things and not others, what factors influence our decisions and interactions with each other. And more importantly a quest to try to find a more meaningful activity but practical in the way that I can see results for my actions.

Although education and learning have always been important in my life, I take part in many other activities. As mentioned before, I am a mother. I have two beautiful children (6 and 8 years old), with whom I love to spend as much time as possible. I volunteer at my children's school on a regular basis. I assist in their classrooms, accompany them to field trips, and I also help plan family integration activities in their school.

I have also been a volunteer at Immigrant Services Calgary for the past three years. I volunteer in the Employment Bridging Department. This has allowed me to gain insight into the challenges immigrants face when they first arrive to this country. This was one of the factors that led me to do research on language attitudes for my BA honour's project.

My goal is to enter graduate school in the field of social or counselling psychology. I would like to continue doing research involving immigrant and other minority groups so I can advocate for their needs and contribute to advancing knowledge in the many needs and challenges these groups face. I hope that in the future I can contribute something meaningful to the community where I live”.

Congratulations Indira, thank you for your outstanding contributions to ISC.

 

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