Meet Ben Henwood, Crowfoot YMCA’s Adult Volunteer of the Year!
What is your volunteer role at YMCA?
Right now I am involved with the Hockey Program for 10-13 year olds and I run this program every Thursday night. Typically we meet at five and start with a couple warm up drills and then get right into playing hockey. My main responsibilities are just being there and making sure the game runs smoothly, ensuring everyone is safe and jumping in whenever I can to demonstrate the proper skills or just to take part in the game. Outside of the hockey program, I also volunteer my time with the YMAP program when they have their retreats at Camp Chief Hector YMCA.
What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I really enjoy the fact that volunteering allows me to get involved with my community and offers me the opportunity to meet and work with so many fantastic people. Also, the activities I am involved with are a great way to stay active and instill those values in others that take part in the programing.
Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?
I think that volunteering at the YMCA allows me to work with youth and in particular, with the roles I am in, with youth sports, which is a passion of mine. There are other organizations that I currently volunteer with but the YMCA affords me the greatest opportunity to work within the area of my passions and aligns nicely with my future goals.
How long have you been involved at YMCA?
I have been a volunteer and member of the YMCA for the better part of the past 2 years.
How did you feel when you found out you were Volunteer of the Year?
I felt honoured and proud that I was named as a Volunteer of the Year. I think it is great that the YMCA chooses to recognize their volunteers in this way and it makes me what to continue to contribute to the YMCA community through further volunteer experiences.
Why are you a volunteer?
I am a volunteer because I want to be able to give back to my community. I want to be able to be a positive role model for the students and members that I work with and I think the best way to do this is to give of yourself and to support those programs of the YMCA that are so crucial to community building.
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