Honouring Our Volunteers: Fathiya Abdillahi
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.
Volunteer since: 2012
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer with REACH?
A: Initially, I decided to volunteer with REACH because I was in school and the agency I did my practicum with asked me to help out Kelly Holland with 2012 AGM. Once I arrived at the event to provide my support, I met her in person. She was welcoming, she embraced me, and was glad I was there to help out. Since then, I wanted to work alongside Kelly and learn more from her. She made us feel seen, heard and acknowledged, and recognized each volunteer’s potential. Thats why i continued to volunteer with REACH.
Q: What have you gained from volunteering?
A: I gained the understanding of the true value of community work, as well as friendships and networking opportunities. I learned about the many agencies in my community that are doing important work.
Q: What was your most memorable experience?
A: There are too many to name. The volunteer team has grown from just two of us originally to a whole community. My most memorable experience was meeting Dr. Gabor Mate in 2016. How else do you ever get to meet someone of his calibre? It was only possible because of the opportunities I received volunteering for REACH.
For more information about REACH Edmonton’s volunteer program, visit: https://reachedmonton.ca/volunteers/