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 Ben Wiersma, one of our Board Members based out of Edmonton, Alberta, read more below.
Before volunteering at the CPHS, what was the most unusual or interesting volunteer job you’ve ever had?
Before CPHS I had the chance to volunteer at the Edmonton Queer Film Festival in 2019, volunteer and free popcorn. What is better than that!!
How did you first learn about the CPHS?
I work and volunteer with a founding member of the Board and Executive and was asked if I would like to support sharing the story of the Pride movement in Canada.
How do you balance your volunteer time at the CPHS with your other competing priorities?
This is my biggest challenge for sure! it can be very hard to make the time for everything in life, I see being able to volunteer as a privilege and that comes with a responsibility to give.
How has the CPHS helped you in your professional development?
Networking with amazing members, being involved in community work is recognized by my co-workers and leadership.
What advice do you have for prospective volunteers for the CPHS?
This is a working board; we are in a growth period and as such, there is heavy lifting that is happening. I feel this is an amazing opportunity to learn how to set up and grow a non-profit organization from the ground up.
What are 3 words to describe the CPHS?
Past, Present, Future.
What do you like the most about the CPHS?
I feel the unique story about the Pride movements in Canada is a story we need to know and share! In Canada, we see a lot about the Pride movement in other areas of the world, but we have our own unique and complex stories here in Canada!
What drew you to the CPHS originally? How has the CPHS changed since you’ve joined?
CPHS has an amazing mission to help educate people about Pride in Canada and I relate to this mission!
What has been your favourite project at the CPHS?
looking at how the board has come together to start the research of Pride’s in Canada has been amazing!