Embracing diversity through volunteering.
Louise is an active retiree who dedicates a lot of time to volunteering in her community. As a Volunteer Ambassador at the new Delbrook Centre in 2017, Louise had the chance to do something she loves – meeting and helping lots of new people. She enjoyed taking hundreds of residents on tours of the facility and she shares their excitement over all the Centre has to offer. She especially enjoyed meeting the diverse members of our community – people of all ages and from many different cultures – and seeing how a community centre helps bring people together and create a sense of community.
Bringing People Together
One of the people Louise enjoyed meeting was a recent newcomer to Canada who had a young family and was feeling socially isolated. The young women started volunteering with NVRC in order to make connections and integrate more into the community. Louise discovered that for many newcomers, the community recreation centre provides a safe and welcoming environment to get active, meet others and develop a sense of belonging. That’s one of the reasons Louise loves volunteering with NVRC.
Advice to those thinking of volunteering?
Louise recommends volunteering and said, “It’s a great way to develop self-confidence, give back and have meaning in your life.”
In addition to volunteering once a week with NVRC’s Kids & Clay program, she also volunteers with the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. When not volunteering she spends time with her five grandchildren, going to aquafit classes, playing pickleball, golfing and travelling with her husband. She’s also been painting for 15 years and currently taking painting lessons at the art studio at John Braithwaite Community Centre.
Interested in volunteering with NVRC? Visit nvrc.ca/volunteer.