Volunteer of the Month - June 2014

Allison Clachrie is Immigrant Service’s Calgary Volunteer of the Month.

Allison volunteers with the Mosaic Family Resource Centre’s After-School Program. This program provides safe and healthy social and learning environments for children between the ages of 6 and 12. The Afterschool Program strives to build resiliency and positive self-image in children along with promoting long-term academic success.

Allison says:

“I started volunteering with Immigrant Services Calgary last year when I was working but looking for more fulfillment in life. I grew up in Calgary and recently completed a psychology degree at the University of Calgary. During my degree, I took many courses related to child and adolescent development. In the fall, I am going back to school to become an elementary school teacher. 

I have always enjoyed working with kids, and volunteering at the After-School Program was the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the community. I love helping the children, and hearing the smart and funny things they have to say. At the After-School Program we do crafts, activities to foster self-confidence in the children, and physical activities in the gym and outside. During the time I have known the kids, I have noticed many positive changes, and it is great to see their development. 

I am also enjoying getting to know the After-School Program facilitators that I work with. Volunteering at the After-School Program has been a learning experience for me, and it has also given me more confidence in my ability to be a teacher.”

Congratulations, Allison! 

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