WHY VOLUNTEER AT THE YORK SCHOOL
- Excerpt from APRIL 12 interview - For National Volunteer Week.
Across this country 12.7 million Canadians volunteer their time and skills to build and bridge communities. The ‘Volunteer Factor’ is the celebration and recognition of the exponential impact volunteers contribute to lift our communities.
At The York School, we are honoured to have such an amazing and dedicated group of parents helping us help them raise “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.”....the next generation of volunteers dedicated to lifting their community.
In recognition of the important contribution volunteers make, we sat down with Jennifer Kernaghan
, Chair of the YPA
to ask her what motivates her to give back to her community:
1. What got you into volunteering?
Ultimately giving back to the community has always been a part of my life. Leaving things better than when we arrived was a value instilled in me when I grew up.
2. Why is it important to you?
At this point in my life I try to be involved in all the important places to us as a family. The school my kids attend, our neighbourhood, the environment and the art world.
3. Why volunteer for The York School?
I like being creative and working with people to help bring an idea to life. You get to know your community better too, beyond waving to each other at pick up and drop off. I appreciate the school and its approach to children and families and want to help build that not only for my children but for the next generation of students.
4. You mention environment, what volunteering do you do for nature?
As exciting and dynamic as Toronto is, nature is where I go to recharge my batteries, whether in long ravine walks in Toronto or heading north of the city to spend time in the woods, hills and waterways of Ontario.
I believe strongly that nature belongs to everyone and is key to our health and well being. We all need to protect and respect this precious gift. I’ve been volunteering with the Georgian Bay Land Trust
for many years. Conserving land for our future generations to enjoy the Bay and its many precious habitats is very important to me.
5. What has been your most memorable moment helping out here at The York School?
One of the most memorable moments for me as a volunteer at the school was one of my first experiences. Halloween is a big deal in the Junior School, when my children first started I met the fabulous Mrs. Sava and she persuaded me to volunteer at her haunted house. Well, this haunted house was AMAZING and it was all volunteer driven. What impressed me the most was how much fun the volunteers had engaging with the children and each other. It was a great introduction to our York community.
6. What advice do you have for people who would maybe be interested in volunteering?
Give it a try, talk to other parent volunteers and see what they suggest, new ideas and energy is always welcome and needed in volunteering. Giving back, even in a little way, is very rewarding and should really be a part of everyone’s life.