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 Vibha Bhat, one of our Research Coordinators based out of Toronto, Ontario, read more below.
Before volunteering at the CPHS, what was the most unusual or interesting volunteer job you’ve ever had?
I am passionate about interacting with people from various backgrounds and in different stages in life. It helps me communicate more effectively. With that in mind, I have volunteered at a local organization which educated new mothers on important aspects of child care, and helped them choose cloth diapers over disposables as we head towards a more sustainable environment.
How did you first learn about the CPHS?
I learned about it through Charity Village. I did further research on my own, which peaked my interest tremendously.
How do you balance your volunteer time at the CPHS with your other competing priorities?
Since the hours of volunteering at CPHS are flexible, I would be able to dedicate my time on the weekends.
How has the CPHS helped you in your professional development?
CPHS gives me the opportunity to interact with professionals from different backgrounds and slightly different time zones, so it helps me hone my interpersonal and collaboration skills. I would also be able to improve my time management skills, as well as make a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of those around me.
What are 3 words to describe the CPHS?
Making a difference.
What has been your favourite project at the CPHS?
I am a google-a-holic(if that is a word). I love to research and so my favorite project is finding references on past Pride Parades.
What is your proudest moment at the CPHS?
My proudest moment would definitely be getting the opportunity to contribute to the LinkedIn page.
What advice do you have for prospective volunteers for the CPHS?
This opportunity will help you develop key soft skills which will be easily translated to your career, so give it your best. Enjoy every minute of knowing you are contributing to documenting Pride history and educating young minds about it.