Volunteer of the Month - October 2011

October 2011 - Jack Tuo

Jack TuoAs an active participant in the Youth Volunteer Program (YVP), Jack, currently a third year Electrical Engineer student at the University of Calgary, volunteers with civically engaged youth at various non-profit organizations within the community. He also contributes his ideas and exercises his leadership and event planning skills as a member on the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

In January 2006, at the age of 16, Jack left his immediate family behind and immigrated from China to Calgary. Faced with familiar barriers to all immigrants when they arrive in a new country, Jack recalls his transition leaving China to Canada, “When I just got here, I didn’t have any friends. My whole life suddenly changed with living in a new culture, and I couldn’t speak English well back then.” However difficult the hardships were for Jack to begin his new life in Calgary, he is grateful for those who helped him, “Life was hard except one part -- there are so many kind-hearted people around me. Lots of people helped me with so many things; they guided me and provided me with information about Canadian society and taught me English.

In efforts to give back to those who had helped along the way, Jack began to look for volunteer opportunities to help other immigrants, “Once I began volunteering at Immigrant Service Calgary, I felt the happiness of helping others. I am involved in lots of volunteer activities and have a deeper understanding of Canadian culture now. It warms my heart seeing people smile when I am there to help.”

ISC greatly appreciates all the energy and enthusiasm Jack has put into his role as a youth volunteer. His positive energy and upbeat outlook on life are contagious and we are grateful for his dedication to community volunteerism and his efforts to make Canada a more welcoming place for newcomers, “I will keep volunteering and make all the new immigrants feel like home in Calgary.”

It is a true pleasure to have you as part of our team of volunteers. Thank you, Jack!

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