My Volunteer Journey at CICS

By Alice Pan

"Along my journey, I made life-long friends" – Alice Pan

I first started volunteering for CICS in the summer of 2010, as a summer camp counselor for the youth program of the Community Services team. My original intention was to get the required 40 hours of volunteering needed to graduate high school in Ontario. Little did I know that my summer camp experience would foster into a passion for volunteerism and working with children. I continued to volunteer with CICS for the next two years, where I was involved with March Break Camp, Summer Camp, and the Youth DIP program.

Along my journey, I made life-long friends who shared the same passions about working with youth. The CICS staffers are some of the kindest people I have ever met; they have inspired me with their patience, wisdom, and hard work. I have learned so much from them and for that, I am very thankful.

The most rewarding thing about volunteering with CICS is giving that care and attention that every youth deserves. From playing camp games with a 6-year old to laughing at jokes with high-school students, you can have fun and create long-lasting memories. You can truly make a difference by giving that support.

I volunteered with CICS for almost three years, and I hope to do so for years to come! I encourage everyone to volunteer at CICS- and I hope that they have an experience as rewarding as I did!