Day to Day
A bit about myself – I’m a 5th year student majoring in Health Sciences. My role here at the SFU Surrey – TD CEC is working as a Volunteer Engagement Assistant. The responsibility of that role is to oversee a lot of the logistical and people side of things. That can be from overseeing volunteer applications, to making sure the volunteers are applying for the opportunities they want, the communication between the volunteers and the programs, making sure they are on track with deadlines, answering inquiries from students, finding out what the interests and strengths are for the students, providing feedback to students, providing recommendations for programs and so forth.
Cultural and Environmental Observations
I’d like to think that the Office of Engagement is a really vibrant place for everyone, that goes for both staff and volunteers. During my time working in this role, I learned a lot from both my peers and my volunteers. I often encounter students from the PDP program often and they share a lot of knowledge with me. To be quite honest, there is a really diverse group of students that apply for these volunteer positions, whether they be in Sciences, Engineering, Business, Arts, and so forth. Despite the different backgrounds these students may have from one another, the end goal for all of them is to influence the youth in a positive manner. They’re always filled with smiles and at the end of each program, it really is a rewarding experience. On top of that, the part that warms my heart the most is how often I hear students say that they don’t want to leave because of how much growth and development they see within each youth. There’s not one volunteer that joins the team and has a passion on wanting to create a positive impact on the community.