Mithila Chakraborty – Volunteer of the Month for January 2023
Mithila Chakraborty, a.k.a. teacher Pooja, immigrated to Calgary with her family from Bangladesh in 2022. With her background as an assistant in a kindergarten school, she was the perfect fit to volunteer in the Early Learning Across Cultures (ELAC) program for 3–5-year-old children and their parents or caregivers. She has been assisting us with planning, setting up activities, and preparing materials. Mithila has an excellent rapport with staff and clients and is very reliable. We are grateful for all her dedication and support to the program. This is her story:
"I immigrated to Canada in June 2022. I had heard about English Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes through my friends who lived here and decided to go to Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) for my English assessment. During my visit to ISC, I was incredibly impressed with the welcoming manner and generosity of ISC staff and volunteers. At that time, I decided to be a volunteer at ISC.
I previously worked as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten school in Bangladesh. I helped other teachers manage class behaviour, supervised group activities, and communicated with parents. I also assisted in children’s outdoor activities and sports events and carried out administrative tasks. Due to this experience of working with children, I was able to start volunteering at the ELAC program.
The best part of the ELAC program is that we get an awesome opportunity to teach kids preschool requirements and cultures from around the globe. I look forward to continuing to volunteer with ISC.”
“Pooja is always excited to help and willing to do anything asked. She even started taking the Brain Story certification from Alberta Wellness immediately after I informed her about it. What stands out about her is that she can attend even in colder weather. She is dedicated to taking the bus and getting to the program. This is impressive, considering she hasn't experienced a Canadian winter before. We truly appreciate having Pooja in the ELAC Program.”
Darlene McLeodEarly Childhood Program Lead
“She is excellent with the children, and the children like her. She is also supportive and nice.”
“Her contributions are important for creating the wonderful environment at ELAC. My child enjoys interacting with her, and her kind and friendly smile is enjoyed by all.”