Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization, and we are grateful for the hundreds of hours our volunteers dedicate to the work of the Canadian Pride Historical Society. This volunteer spotlight is for Allison Vickery, our Vice-President, Communications and Marketing based out of Calgary, AB. Read more below.
Before volunteering at the CPHS, what was the most unusual or interesting volunteer job you’ve ever had?
I worked for an organization in Peru where I was able to find local non-profits and other organizations that I was passionate about and arrange for the provision of volunteers and resources. It was extremely gratifying to be able to make a direct difference for so many causes and people that I care about. Through this role I also had the opportunity to train and mentor hundreds of volunteers whose passion about their respective volunteer placements was inspiring.
How has the CPHS helped you in your professional development?
The environment is incredibly supportive which has allowed me take on new challenges while also feeling encouraged and guided along the way. I’ve acquired new skills and gained confidence in the ones I had prior. It has also granted me the ability to network with exceptionally talented volunteers from across the country.
What advice do you have for prospective volunteers for the CPHS?
My advice is to come share your talent with us! This is a great opportunity for you to shine in your area or get exposure to an area you are interested in. Task assignment is tailored to ensure that no one ever feels overwhelmed or alone with what they are working on. Nothing beats knowing you are using some of your spare time to help make a difference.
What is your proudest moment at the CPHS?
Thanks to the amazing volunteers who assist me with social media graphics and content, we have grown our following exponentially over the past year! Due to their hard work and talent, we can continue to share our free materials, spread our message, and promote an understanding of why Pride is so important to all of us.