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"Ever since high school, I really enjoyed working with volunteers and connecting with them on a personal level. Being able to see their growth and be a part of their journey, it’s all rewarding."
During my Experience
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.

Reflection & Tips
Most Valuable Aspects of This Experience

Ever since high school, I really enjoyed working with volunteers and connecting with them on a personal level. Being able to see their growth and be a part of their journey, it’s all rewarding. You see the amount of effort each volunteer gives and there’s just so much of themselves that they give towards the community.

Advice for Future Students

If I could emphasize one thing for SFU students, that would be to VOLUNTEER! It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community, everything is set up for you, and all you have to do is contribute an hour or two of your time every week. This is a really smooth and easy-going process to create a good impact for the people and community around you. You connect with new people that are like-minded with you and volunteering is for ANYONE! The most important thing is to want to be there and be open to learning. You just never know until you try! Just like it was for me, I was unsure but thought I would give it a try, and this is where I’m at now! Give it your best shot and come volunteer.


This blog was originally posted on the SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre website on November 25, 2021.

SFU Student Undergraduate
Eleanor is in her third year studying Health Sciences with a concentration in population and quantitative health, and an intended double minor in Kinesiology and Education. Currently, she is on co-op at Simon Fraser University’s Health & Counselling Services working as a Marketing & Communications Assistant. When she isn’t studying, you can find her café hopping, exploring nature, or taking pictures. Connect with Eleanor on LinkedIn.