Volunteer of the Month - May 2014
ISC’s Volunteer of the Month is Ratchel Zeng!
With her willingness to volunteer in many capacities, plus her amazing skills and talents, Ratchel has been an outstanding member of our volunteer team!
“I came to Canada from China at the end of July 2013. Back in China, I had many years of experience in business schools in the areas of course instruction, workshop facilitation, coaching, interpretation, and project coordination. Based on my experience, I know the barriers for newcomers in terms of language, information sources, and cultural shock. Volunteering is important in Canada and I regard it as an important way to be integrated into and contribute to the society. So I applied to be a volunteer for positions in office support, interpretation, and workshop facilitation at ISC in August 2013.
Thanks to my volunteering experience as office support at ISC, I have at least a glimpse of the Canadian work culture and systems. Through interpretation, I not only obtain the appreciation from clients but also gain insight into the community resources. As a workshop facilitator for the Seniors Program, I have been cooperating with another volunteer, preparing the workshop materials, and delivering the workshops. I realize my previous experience in China has helped me better tailor the workshops to suit clients’ needs. Many say that volunteering is good way to give back to society, but the benefits from volunteering help me a lot too. With the volunteering activities, I not only make new friends, but also expand my horizon. Now I feel more at home here in Canada.”
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