Meet Nancy Wang, Crowfoot YMCA’s Youth Volunteer of the Year!
What is your volunteer role at YMCA?
I teach the youth sports classes, mostly badminton, however
I have also taught indoor soccer and basketball.
What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I like volunteering at the YMCA because not only is the facility an awesome place but the staff and other volunteers there are also super friendly. I also love teaching my classes, since I work with the youth classes, I love seeing the kids improve week after week and knowing that I am the one who taught them how to do those things, it just makes me feel satisfied and happy.
Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?
I’ve been to YMCA summer camps since I was 9 years old and I always loved it. So I’ve always had this great image of the YMCA, so I decided to come back to volunteer and hopefully spread that great message to others.
Do you have a YMCA story?
My family and I came to Canada in 2008. Back then I didn’t know much English and I didn’t have any friends. So my first camp was the YMCA summer camp at Eau Claire YMCA. I remember I was scared the first day of camp because I didn’t know anyone, however the counsellors were super nice and they made me feel comfortable. By the end of the first day I didn’t even remember why I was scared, and I couldn’t wait for the next day of camp. This was my first experience in Canada and it made a huge impact on me, as they helped me to fit in with the rest of the kids. So now when I am volunteering I always try to help the kids to my best ability and pass on that kindness.
Why are you a volunteer?
I am a volunteer because I love giving back to my community and it’s not always about people knowing what you have done, its more about those random acts of kindness. As I said above, the YMCA has done a lot for me in the past and this is the least I can do for the organization.
What are your plans for the future? How has YMCA benefited you for school or your career?
I would like to become a teacher in the future, so the classes I teach right now are a great preparation for my future. I also plan to continue volunteering at the YMCA. YMCA has benefited me in so many ways, it has taught me to be more responsible, it has taught me to build that trust and relationship with the people you work with and it just simply brought joy to my life.
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