Volunteer of the Month - November 2014

Paola Marchegiani is Immigrant Services Calgary’s Volunteer of the Month!

Paola joined our Children’s programs volunteering team in April and has contributed almost 100 volunteer hours!

Volunteer Nov 1Paola has a radiant personality and is always eager to be engaged in the community and find ways to give back. She provides child minding at our Cooking with Friends program, giving moms the opportunity to take part of the program while their children are in her very capable hands. She is also an excellent cook and has taught our participants how to make gnocchi and bruschetta.

Here is her story:

“My name is Paola Marchegiani and I am from Italy. I have a degree in Biological Sciences. I worked for some months as a teacher in the middle school, 3 years as biologist volunteer in a hospital and 20 years Volunteer Nov 2as IT specialist. My hobbies are reading and cooking; but what I love the most, is to meet people and be with them.

I moved to Calgary on December 2013 with my husband (he works in Calgary) and my daughter (she is 23 and enrolled on a master’s degree at the University of Lethbridge). As soon as I arrived to Calgary, I looked for some associations that help immigrants and Immigrant Services Calgary was an amazing discovery.

I went to ISC for the English Language assessment and started to go to the Maple Leaf Academy to improve my English. Then, I started volunteering for Immigrant Services Calgary in childcare.

 

 

Volunteering for ISC allows me to meet and help lovely people who come from other countries and to share our experiences. Furthermore, it helps me to improve my English and play with children. Volunteering makes me feel part of this country and ISC is my home away from home”.

 

Congratulations Paola!

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