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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.

Check out books in your own retirement community

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Lillith is a friendly and welcoming volunteer for the library-in-residence program at Colonel Belcher Care Centre. As a resident, Lillith has been volunteering with library programs in the building for the last decade.

Colonel Belcher Care Center is one of four residences that the library brings a collection of materials to for the residents to select from and check out as part of our senior outreach programs. Colonel Belcher has an average of 35-40 residents each month who eagerly await the unveiling of the new library materials that have arrived. Lillith assists the staff in getting the materials out on the tables and set up and encouraging residents to enjoy the experience, even those who are sight impaired.

Lilith pays special attention to those who have physical ailments that might prevent them from perusing the library collection at length and assists them in seeking out materials that they like and bringing them to the residents who are unable to fully navigate the room. Often sight impaired residents ask for her assistance in reading the back covers of audio books so that they can make sure they’ve not heard the book previously.

Lillith is a constant activist for library programs and encouraging residents to keep reading or listening to audio books to keep their minds active.

Thank you Lilith!

Helping people reach their employment goals

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Lidia is a Career Coach at the Calgary Public Library and was awarded the Career Coaching Volunteer award in April of 2011. Here is what she has to say about volunteering at the Library:

“I started volunteering for the Career Coaching program at the Central Public Library just a little over 3 years ago – September 2008. I had been looking for work as an employment counsellor and decided to get experience in the field by volunteering. Shortly after, I was hired by the Centre for Newcomers as a career practitioner but I liked my experience with the Library so much that I continued to volunteer there.

I believe volunteering has been and will continue to be a core value in my life. Volunteering gives me great satisfaction and energy and a sense of worthiness , I feel I am getting so much more than I give.

I have volunteered for several events and organizations but none was I as passionate for as I am about my present role of Career Coach for the Central Library. Besides the personal satisfaction I get from helping customers, the best part for me is meeting people from all walks of life and having the privilege of hearing their stories and encouraging them to continue on their journey to reach their employment goals. If I can inspire an ounce of hope in them, then I will have accomplished much.”

Thank you Lidia!

Volunteering with English Learners

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Ida has been volunteering with the ESL Conversation Club at the Library since Fall of 2008. Her background in adult education and ESL learners makes this opportunity perfect for her to use her skills.

This is what she has to say about volunteering with ESL learners in Calgary: “I enjoy the mixture of cultures and life experiences; learning the nuances of different languages; learning firsthand about various countries; “seeing” the world from their eyes to understand different perspectives and expand my world view; and being the teacher and student at the same time.”

Thank you Ida, for volunteering your time and efforts to help people practice English!

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