Volunteer of the Month - November 2011

November 2011 - Frank Kong

Our Seniors Program at Immigrant Services Calgary serves immigrant and refugees seniors who are 55 years and older, helping them overcome settlement barriers and create a supportive networks in their communities.

It is with the support of our Seniors Program Volunteers that this valuable service can be carried out and provided to the community. For this reason we want to recognize Frank Kong as our November Volunteer of the month.

Frank moved to Canada in 2001 looking for new experiences. His passion for helping others ignited his willingness to give back to the community. In 2002, he began volunteering as a Cultural Interpreter for the languages of Chinese and English.  In this position, he helped newcomers overcome their language barriers by assisting clients at various hospitals, medical clinics, legal offices, social service offices and shelters throughout the city.

In 2005, he focused on volunteering as a Cultural Translator Volunteer, in which he translated many diplomas, certificates and transcripts of academic record from Chinese into English for new immigrants.

Since May of this year, Frank has been volunteering at the Computer Class and Life Skills for Daily Living Workshop for Chinese Seniors. He recognizes the tremendous value that this opportunity has had on his life. “I love to help the Chinese seniors learn how to use internet, teaching them some English and to understand other relevant issues to Canadian culture. I also must say that I have benefitted myself from these volunteer experiences since I have been able to understand the difficulties that immigrants have to go through during their process of getting used to a completely different culture”.

Thank you Frank for never missing a class, for your eagerness, patience, and helpfulness with the seniors and most importantly for making a difference in the lives of newcomers.

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