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A day in the life of a Volunteer

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Volunteers and learners arrive at the Spanish Converastion Club.

Going over some Spanish vocabulary.

Students have mock conversations: results are hilarious!

Playing a learning game with the students

Heading home after a great night!

Our Volunteers are Award-worthy

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Every April Volunteer Calgary celebrates the best in volunteerism in Calgary with their annual Leadership Awards.

The Library is happy to nominate some of our innovative programs and amazing volunteers for their hard work and dedication to changing the lives of Calgarians.

Congratulations to all of our nominees:

  • Maureen Proctor for the Heart of Calgary Award
  • Arlie Ring for the Volunteer in Profile Award
  • Lori and Mika Jarratt for the Volunteer Animal Award
  • Denise Justino, representing the Living Library program, for the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category
  • Karen Lam for the Leaders of Tomorrow Award (Not pictured)

Best of luck to all the nominees and thank you for volunteering at the Library!

Positively Inspiring

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A positive, friendly and caring individual, Jennifer Kot has been a volunteer with the TD Read With Me program at Calgary Public Library since 2006. In the TD Read With Me program, volunteers mentor children one-on-one to help develop their literacy skills and interest in reading. Jennifer has been working with her current buddy, Terence, since September 2009. She states, ‘It’s a really rewarding way to spend an hour each week. Every week, I see him make small improvements but his overall progress across the past few years is astounding. He’s worked really hard and it’s been fun’.

Terence will graduate from the program at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. ‘Jen’s a good tutor and she’s helping me read better’, he states. ‘She’s patient and doesn’t get upset easily’.

Terence’s mom, Cindy, also shared her impressions:

‘Jen has been an excellent mentor and taught Terence that reading can be fun. She introduced him to different types of reading materials and games to help engage his interest. She is very patient with him and kind. Terence has a wonderful sense of humour and Jen has really tapped into that. Her help has been a huge boost for his self-esteem. I believe that because of her influence, Terence will be a life-long reader. The program is a great idea and I’d like to encourage more people to volunteer for it because it makes a huge difference and changes kids’ lives.’

Thank you, Jennifer, for all your hard work and amazing dedication and contributions to the TD Read With Me program!

Library volunteer featured on CTV Calgary

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Congratulations to Arlie, on being named Volunteer Calgary's V.I.P. for this month!

Arlie has been a dedicated Library volunteer for over 4 years, helping children learn how to read and providing a safe space for students to write exams.

Read her full story on the CTV Calgary website here!

If you'd like to learn more about our volunteer programs at the Library, click here for more information!

Make a Difference for School Kids

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Lisea didn’t know what a difference volunteering at the library would make when she started, here’s what she has to say:

“I have been volunteering at the Crowfoot Library in the Homework Help program for the last seven years. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity within my community that was fun, allowed me to utilize my talents, and fit into my busy schedule. I came across this program because the Crowfoot Library was opening up and required new volunteers, and it sounded like it was a perfect opportunity. I loved the program immediately. The kids are so much fun, uplifting, eager to learn, and in some cases brutally honest - which can be quite amusing sometimes. I've watched many kids grow up in this program. They attend from grades 3-6 and then move on with their education. But there are times where they come back to say hello, or peek in the window to reminisce, and they notice that I am still volunteering there. It is amazing to see how grown up they are, and watch their face light up in recognition when they see that I am still there. It's always a nice fulfilling feeling to know that I am still a special part of their memories - and that my fellow volunteers and I possibly made a difference.”

Thanks you, Lisea, for your outstanding dedication to helping children in Calgary!

How volunteering impacts your life

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Peter has been a volunteer with CPL since 2000 over the years he has worked in a variety of volunteer roles:

"I was taken aback at the variety of the programs that volunteers are involved in at the library. I had been a volunteer literacy tutor with Bow Valley College for 10 years, when I decided that the Reading Advantage programme, working out of the Village Square branch, would be much closer to where I live. (So that makes over 20 years being involved in adult literacy).

I find that I am most buoyed when I can see direct results from my volunteering. This certainly has been the case with the Reading Advantage programme, where I know the programme has made life-long differences in others' lives.

As well as having volunteered with the Reading Advantage programme, I've been a Proctor for those sitting distance learning exams. Currently I'm involved with the Art Walks and Homebound Readers programmes.


There's always something new to volunteer for at the library!"

Thank you Peter, for being interested in trying new things and finding new ways to help your community.

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