Honouring Our Volunteers: Abel Paulos
In honour of National Volunteer Week, April 18-23, we asked some of our volunteers why they work with REACH, and what they’ve gained from serving the community.
REACH Volunteer Since: 2013
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer with REACH Edmonton?
A: I joined in my second year at the University after a classmate who volunteered with REACH introduced me to the organization.
Q: What have you gained from volunteering?
A: When I started, I was very young and shy. I wanted to branch out and gain experience. REACH gave me the opportunity to meet new people and connect with different organizations. I was also able to strengthen my personal skills. A main highlight was working with Kelly. The work she does for REACH and the volunteers is absolutely amazing. Kelly saw my potential and gave me opportunities that I don’t think very many others would have given me at that age. The experience I have today is because of her influence and I’m forever grateful.\
Q: What was your most memorable experience?
A: Every REACH AGM is a blast for volunteers. It’s also an opportunity to see local people you would typically see on TV or hear on the radio, which gives volutneers the opportunity to network and spark insightful conversations. The AGM provides a platform where community partners can come together as one to support the goal of creating a safer community. These experiences and conversations provided me an opportunity to see so much good in this city.
My most memorable AGM experience was when Paul Schmitz was the keynote speaker. Following his keynote, I purchased his book Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up. This book has taught me many things about leadership.
For more information about REACH Edmonton’s volunteer program, visit: https://reachedmonton.ca/volunteers/