Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) 2013 – Present
I began volunteering with CNIB in 2013. I worked alongside many other volunteers, some of whom had been with the organization for more than twenty years. Primarily my duties were around customer service for any clients who dropped by the office or called. I also participated in volunteer meetings, CNIB Open House planning, training to be a vision mate, early intervention with visually impaired young adults, and much more.
Volunteer Student at Royal National Institute for the Blind College
New College Worcester – Worcester, England
I began volunteering at RNIB New College Worcester in 2006 as a GAP student. I worked alongside many other student volunteers and a wonderful group of houseparents, teachers, and much more. New College Worcester is a boarding school for children and youth who have visual impairments in Worcester, England. There were around 100 students at the college when I worked there, ranging in age from 11 – 20 years old. The students were separated into smaller houses until they are 16, when they move to the large 6th form (equivalent to our grade 12 and 13) dorms. As a volunteer, I worked with the students in an all girls house, I also accompanied students as a guide on shopping trips, helped with cooking and house duties, and went as a guide on all day activities such as hiking, tandem biking, windsurfing, skiing, trips to amusement parks and much more.
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