Hi Group!

Great to hear all the lively discussion this morning. Please post the following individual reflection response by next Wednesday (May 1).

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

We will be back to meeting next Friday May 3rd

Ms. Martin & Ms. Stuart

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Hey everyone, 

1. @Jasmine Paduraru (Charles Best) and I have been looking into the SPCA for our action, and we are currently deciding on either doing a fundraiser or a drive/collection of items the branch may need. As part of my action, I currently volunteer there!

2. One challenge we faced is the age in which you must volunteer, as my partner Jasmine was also interested in volunteering but unfortunately not old enough to do so (SPCA policy states that you must be at least 16). Instead, we have started to discuss collecting supplies for the Tri-Cities branch or possibly doing a fundraiser to gather donations for the organization.

3. So far, we aren't very far along in the process of organizing the action of fundraising, however in the aspect of volunteering, I have had many successes both in accomplishing my goals, gaining animal welfare and handling experience, and contributing to the branch and it's ongoing, constant need to care for the animals and the facility. 

4. Our group's shared values were compassion & helping. I believe I am accomplishing this most when I am directly caring for the animals, organizing their feeding schedule and measuring food to ensure a proper diet for each animal, spending time with every one so that they gain confidence and social skills in human interaction, and handling/restraining them to allow for staff to medicate/etc. I find these simple things to be very rewarding, and I feel they directly go with the values that both Jasmine and I share of helping in our community and in the branch as well as having compassion for each one of the animals at the SPCA.

Hey Butterfly Effect, 

My partner @Joanna Whitter (Charles Best) and I have decided to volunteer at the Coquitlam Farmers Market and we are very excited to be apart of the organization!

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

Since Joanna was a volunteer last season, she explained the general duties and expectations of the market, but I also attended the volunteer orientation session. Our duties as volunteers doesn't officially start until May when the market opens; however, Joanna and I have been in constant contact about the market and are picking dates to volunteer together in order to enhance our experience. 

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

Our group did face some barriers in choosing a volunteer opportunity that fit both our interest and schedules because we decided that volunteering together would be beneficial for Butterfly Effect and ourselves. However the farmers market is the perfect opportunity for ourselves because its every Sunday and there are a variety of different jobs that we can take part in. Another challenge we faced was which market to volunteer for because Coquitlam offers a winter/fall or a spring/summer market and when we were applying for the opportunity we put down winter/fall, but we never had the chance to volunteer before now, so the issue resolved itself because the volunteer director of the market transferred us over to the spring/summer.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

Considering Joanna and I haven't volunteered at the market yet, we don't have any successes other than being accepted and excited to start our volunteering as early as this coming Sunday!

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

Our group's shared values are tolerance and helping which we believe will be demonstrated throughout our volunteer opportunity. One of the duties within the market is the children's craft table. Our tolerance and patience with the children will be tested as well as we are helping them create a beautiful piece of artwork that promotes healthy eating. Not to mention, on a larger scale Joanna and I are helping our community maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce waste because the market is supporting local businesses who use local ingredients which helps our community stay healthy and active. 

That's all for this reflection, hopefully we will be able to volunteer soon so the next post will be more in-depth about our experience at the market!

Hey Butterfly,

My partner is @Lauren Jang (Charles Best), and she and I decided to Volunteer for the Coquitlam Farmer's Market. Our core values were Helping and Tolerance, and we are very excited to volunteer for something that supports these values.

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

Lauren and I have been in frequent contact with the Volunteering Coordinator, Sarah, and have got a firm grasp on exactly what to anticipate. As I volunteered with them last year, I somewhat knew what to expect before; however, as this is new to Lauren, she attended a Volunteer Orientation (which she described to me in great detail) where she got the run-down on what to look forward to. As the market does not open until this coming Sunday, we have not physically volunteered yet. However, we are both eager and ready to help at the market this weekend. 

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

A big challenge we faced (as described in most of our previous posts on this volunteering process) was narrowing down to just one organization we could volunteer with. From there, once we had decided on the Farmer's Market, it was a bit challenging because we contacted Sarah right as the Markets were changing over. Within the Coquitlam Farmer's Market, there is a Summer Market (which we are helping with) and a Winter Market. We talked to Sarah two weeks before the Winter Market closed and the Summer Market opened, so we had to wait a little while before we could get into action. There was no real method to overcome this difficulty, we just had to be patient. If anything, this downtime gave us time to fully process everything we were about to get ourselves into, so maybe it was a good thing.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

As Lauren mentioned, we have not physically taken action with the Farmer's Market yet, so we have not had real major successes yet. A little victory is that we were able to coordinate when, where, and how we would volunteer with the Farmer's Market. However, we are excited to start having some successes as soon as this Sunday!

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

As there are many jobs and tasks with the Farmer's Market, there is much to tie in with our shared values of tolerance and helping. An example that ties directly into our values is helping with the Kids' Craft Table. With kids, it is so important to teach them tolerance from a young age. Something as simple as another kid using the purple felt when you want it is nothing to throw a tantrum over. Moreover, if someone is painting something that another think looks worse/better than their own artwork, that's nothing to be frustrated over. One can tolerate how their own work looks in comparison to others'. Furthermore, we can help kids with general manners--being tolerant of how others look, offering help to one another if someone is confused, sharing, and much more.

A core value of the Market is teaching healthy, sustainable eating. That means helping the community eat locally grown, healthy, and farm-grown crops. By working with the market, we are helping to raise up a healthy community that helps local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen, so a community that supports itself.

 

That's all for this reply! Lauren and I will update you all once we have volunteered this weekend. We are very excited to help support our community :-)
-Joanna

Hi everyone, 

This is my response to the post! 

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action. 

Since the beginning of our initiative, me and Bogdan have volunteered multiple times. With our work as a math tutor afterschool, we’ve worked with our peers helping them with their comprehension with math related material. Consequently, as of now, we’ve participated in this program for about 6 sessions each. Even so, we’ve also been tutoring at our local library. Instead of helping our peers, we are given the opportunity to work with elementary aged students. We have gone to 3 sessions to this date. 

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them? 

We have not faced many challenges with our action processes since our last post. The community and environment we have been working with are really accepting; as a result, we are enjoying our work. A small challenge we faced is that some students we talk to are introverted. However, a positive and encouraging attitude always makes the learning process easier! 

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? 

During this action process, my successes include working with a variety of different individuals. Furthermore, I was also able to make good connections with the people I was helping. I personally obtained my goal of gaining more experience with tutoring and improving my communication skills.  

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s). 

A specific time during my action where I felt touched it on our values is when I was helping an elementary student with her English homework. She was learning how to read. Consequently, we were reading a short story about a summer day. She made some mistakes and wasn’t sure how certain words, such as bloomed, were pronounced. However, because the assignment asked us to circle some words that we saw in the text, she was able to recognize and say the word bloomed when we were going over the story a second time. I found that, when I'm tutoring, I've touch and explore my shared value personal growth. The girl I worked with was able to improve on her reading skills with the time frame we had. Furthermore, she learned how to read how words and pronounce them. As I mentioned in my first post on the Charity/Volunteer discussion chain, everyone deserves the right to be presented with the possibilities to pursuit activities, experiences and education to enrich themselves. Volunteering at the library has allowed me to ameliorate my connection with my community positively. Furthermore, it allowed me to communicate with different people of various grade levels.  

Thank you for reading, 

Alison 

Hello all B-Effectors!

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

Regarding our action, it was over the spring break so we had separate plans. Me and Rhea had our own plans. 
What I have done was going around doing local shore cleanups. I managed to do approx. 2 hours over spring break at Larfarge and Mundy Park locations. I went around picking up garbage with a bag and disposing them in nearby containers. 
Since Rhea was going on her France trip, she was going to do a clean up there and I did mine here. 

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

Some challenges we had to face was finding out how we were going to proceed with this. Over break, we had already pre-planned events occurring. That is when we developed our plan. It was great that Rhea's trip had shoreline clean up as part of their school trip plans so it worked in our favor. We had little amounts of problem, the person I contacted replied and there is no hindrances in getting slightly involved with them in anyway. After uncertainties like these were dealt with, patience and time was what was needed. 
On the other hand, our new members had faced their own challenges and their solution is to join forces with us to make sure there is some action being done. 

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

We had new member additions to our group which each did their own objectives. Jessica was with Rhea and they did their cleaning there. Maiya had her own volunteering. Other successes is going forward with our plans. I hear lots of hurdles and re-thinking of plans for other groups, it is great to know it is moving forward nicely as well. We were able to achieve our objectives in action. 

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

Our group value me and Rhea shared was responsibility. This value was related specifically during my cleanup. I was satisfied during one of my rounds in the second week of spring break at Lafarge. Litter is seen every so often and it feels responsible as a citizen of this city to clean it. Yes, I wasn't the one littering, but it was good to clean the space that others can enjoy. By cleaning up our local parks and areas, this is taking a sense of responsibility over our community. A shared space that is used by others is being kept clean and environmentally safe/friendly as well. 

I believe that there are others who take the time to clean up our shared spaces as well when I do not. So this is nice as well. 
Additionally if I may add, its a pleasant exercise to walk around and enjoy nature. I am being personally responsible to myself in this sense. 

Our future plans is that we plan, with our core group members,
others may join as well to do a shoreline clean up together.
This will be in near future as well perhaps somewhere in Vancouver or local.

Here's a great photo I took in one of my evening cleanup rounds at Lafarge.

~Jim
CA
CBSS

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

So far, I have volunteered at the Hoy Creek Hatchery on a weekly basis. These duties have been continuing to raise salmon and preparing for the Salmon Leave Home festival, which is in May and when we release the coho fry. I have completed a total of 6 hours so far.

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

My group and I are doing separate actions because it was challenging to find a program that was accessible and manageable for all of us to attend. Jessica and Kaley have found different volunteer opportunities in collaboration with Jim's group, and I have continued my volunteer work that I was already participating in.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

We have all found our actions, which is good because it was very challenging at first. Despite us not doing the same one, we are all actively participating in volunteering, and having different things makes for a more interesting conversation comparing our actions.

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

Our shared value was personal growth, and for me, I feel that my action is very important in that sense. Volunteering at the hatchery and anywhere in nature is where I find solace. I think that the fact that we are all doing different actions is actually better considering our value, because we all value personal growth, but we all have different interests. So, by doing separate things that we find interesting, we are actually exemplifying the principle of personal growth.

Hey Everyone!

My partners are @Venus Seyedi (Charles Best) and @Heeva Chavoshi (Charles Best) and our core value is equality.

 

  • Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action

All three of us all ready participated in volunteering so we each decided to continue doing our own personal volunteering.  I personally volunteer with big brothers, which is a program where a child in elementary school gets a mentor from highs school.  Every week on Thursdays I go and basically just “hang out” with them, doing whatever they want to do.  It can be for anyone, but mainly targets more troubled kids, who may have a difficult home life, not many friends, has difficulty in school, etc.  This gives the child a stable positive influence and is proven to benefit kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviour and grow up having more respect.  I started in September and it will go to the end of May and is something I really enjoy doing.

  • What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

We have had quite a few problems before coming to where we are right now.  The problem is that there aren’t really organisations/volunteering opportunities that just focus on this.  We came to learn that the more obtainable option was to promote equality within whatever it is that we do.  That is why after many different tries of signing up and searching for charities that’s main focus was equality, we decided on continuing our own volunteering that we already had set up.  Personally, big brothers definitely promotes equality.  It is excepting to everyone, with mentors and the children being of diverse backgrounds.  As well as everything being open to everyone, there are no gender based activities or restrictions.  It’s one of the reasons I really enjoy it!

  • What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

Our successes have been our final breakthrough, determining what is was that we wanted to do.  We all have been successfully volunteering since at least spring break, but most for many months now.  For me personally the success was just happening to fall upon this volunteering opportunity in September.  I have always loved kids and have lots of experience working with them as I also volunteer for the past 4 years helping teach musical theatre.  Therefore, finding this was really great because I wanted a chance to make a real difference in a child’s life.  The kid that I mentor has some issues at school and a complicated home, therefore being able to be a there for him is a big success for me.

  • Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

An example of my group’s value, equality, is the inclusiveness promoted at big brothers.  A couple weeks ago, we were given the keys to the gym for a change and the first thing the boys went for was the soccer ball. All of them are quite well acquainted with my buddy and some of his problematic behaviour, but one of the best things I have seen there, which was unlike my elementary school experience where I would be picked last and someone would have to take me, one of the little boy picked him and made him feel a part of the team.  As well as the girls were included without a fuss as well. This wasn’t one of those huge things or huge breakthroughs that sometimes happen, however it was one that was really great to see.  On the other hand as well, big brothers is in general very equal and don’t tolerate any behaviour that is not in favor of equality.

 Thanks!

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Hey everyone!

My partners for the Values Project are @Venus Seyedi (Charles Best) and @Catherine Eckman (Charles Best). Our value is equality. However, since we each do our own volunteering outside of Butterfly Effect, we decided it would be best to each talk about our own experience.

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

I started volunteering at Eagle Ridge Hospital and Manor in September of 2018. As a VolunTEEN, I spend approximately three hours a week at the hospital; my tasks vary from helping the nurses with organizational work to talking and feeding the elders who reside in the manor. Although I appreciate any opportunity to aid our hardworking nurses, I truly prefer when I spend time with those in the manor. Everyone has a story to tell and it is very enlightening to hear about so many different experiences from so many different perspectives.

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

The main issue our group had while working on this project was finding an organization or opportunity that fit our schedules and our value. We weren't able to find many pre-planned volunteer opportunities that focused on equality, so we decided to create our own. We planned out our idea (which we explained in the last post); however, after some reflecting and discussion, we realized that our idea would need a lot of time to execute nicely and it is simply more practical to speak based on the experiences with volunteering that we already had. So, I would say that communication is the main reason why we overcame our challenges.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

As a group, I would say our biggest success was deciding what we wanted to do with the Values Project. However, individually, I'd say my biggest success would be the skills I've gained and strengthened through my experience at Eagle Ridge Hospital and Manor. 

Unfortunately, dementia is very common within the elders in the hospital and I have had to adapt and adjust accordingly when interacting with these specific people. What this has taught me is arguably the most important lesson I have learned from my position as a volunteer - compassion over sympathy. When you are sympathetic to someone, you understand that they are hurting. When you are compassionate, you understand why they are hurting. From this, you become more effective in your goal of comforting and consoling those you are with which is definitely an important skill to have, no matter where you are.

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

In the manor, there is one resident with dementia who does not speak English. I noticed that many of the volunteers would avoid spending time and chatting with her because of the language barrier. At times, she would become frustrated and/or upset as no one would be able to understand her. So, I decided to sit down with her and communicate as best as I could. Although our conversation was not very complex or profound (considering our thoughts were mostly conveyed through hand gestures), I believe that the resident appreciated the chat. Treating each resident equally and fairly in the manor is an important aspect of volunteering and this example affected both me and the lady positively. For this reason, I believe this example did touch on our most important value.

Thanks for reading!

Heeva 

 

Hi Group!

Reflection on Actions of responsibility

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

Our  group struggled with committing to an action and  ended up joining another group. Prior to joining the other group I took some  action on climate change.

March 15, 2019  I participated in my first Protest - Fridays for Future strike.  I joined over 2000 youth at the Vancouver Art Gallery and protested  against the inaction of government to climate change. It was amazing to be  part of a national youth climate strike and an International youth movement. This movement was inspired by 16 year old  Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg , who is ralling to press politicians to act on climate change. What started as one girls protest has become an international youth movement.

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

One challenge our group experienced was to focus on an action and get started. An opportunity to become part of Friday for Future Strike presented itself and gave a great example of how a group of youth were able to organized and lead  an action- protest at the Art Gallery. I overcame the challenge of inaction by just stepping up to be part of something of interest that was already organized.

After the experience of the protest,  I found questioning my own lifestyle choices.  What can I change in my life to reduce the impact I have on the environment.  I started to look at what I was eating and how that was affecting climate change from the type of food to the packaging.

Our butterfly group joined another group doing Seashore Clean up. We are planning a group activity,  which I will participate in as well as I decided to do a creekside clean up near my house.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

Some successes as a group  was that we came up with different ideas of actions and in the end joined another group to do a group action.  Some action is better than no action.

I  opened myself up to a new experience by participating in a protest and international movement.  It gave me a sense that standing up with a common message can be both powerful and inspiring. Being there with all those other youth was amazing, and reinforced that our voice matters.

It was clear that passion is powerful,  and the youth that lead the protest were clearly passionate and had inspired over 2000s others.

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

Group share values

Our group  have recently joined Jim and Rheas group whose shared value is responsibility. Joining the protest, and marching with other youth to stand up for our future was a form of taking responsibility. It was both amazing and empowering to be part of.  Reflecting on my lifestyle, my footprint, and how I can make adjustments to reduce the amount of garbage I create was another form of responsibility. Going on a creekside/ trail clean up near my home was both responsible and rewarding. It was a beautiful walk in the trails that are shared by many people, dogs and cyclists.  A family cycling had even stopped to say thank you for cleaning up. Looking forward to going on a group seashore cleanup.

Kaley

 

Hi everyone! 

1) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action 

My group’s value is responsibility, and to act on that value, we are doing beach cleanups to as it is our responsibility to take care of our planet. Since we just had spring break, we already did one. Jim did some on his own time, while Rhea and I did one at Juno Beach since we were visiting France together for a school trip and we went there for one of our activities.  

2) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? 

Before joining Jim and Rhea, I had troubles finding volunteer opportunities that we could do that weren’t full or available later on in the year. Since then though, I haven’t had any problems. If there was one thing I wish that could have been different is the amount of time that we had to clean up the beach. I was hoping to be there for a couple hours, but our time was cut short because we were running a bit behind schedule for the rest of our activities that day. 

3) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? 

Although we didn’t manage to do it all together as a whole group, Rhea and Jim and I all managed to clean up garbage off a beach over spring break, so we were successful in completing our first beach clean up. 

4) Think about a specific time/example during your action that you feel specifically relates back to your group’s shared values.  

Removing the garbage from Juno beach was a fulfilling experience and directly related to our group’s shared value of responsibility as it is our responsibility to look after planet earth. It was nice because we learned about the history of the place and the Canadian soldiers who fought there in world war 2, and then after that we were given the opportunity to clean the beach where they fought, honouring the soldiers while also taking care of our planet. 

 

Here are a few pictures we took! 

Thanks for reading!

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Hey everyone, 

Below are the answers to the questions asked for the individual charity/volunteer action reflection. 

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

My volunteer experience as a lesson support/instructor for swimming lessons in the aquatic field started a couple years back, since March of 2015! I signed up to get a feel of how it is like working with children in a completely different environment, where their safety and yourselves come at some risks. Not only are you teaching children basic swim skills, but they are also counting on you as an instructor to be there for them. You must be first-aid certified, of course. As a lesson support volunteer, your primary role is to help with anything the instructor wants you to do, and to organize drills and/or activities for the class. Volunteering at the pool for so long has opened my eyes on the various skills needed to carry a class in the water. I have contributed in putting as much effort as possible to help the swimmers increase their skills, and have learned some teaching techniques myself. I have volunteered anywhere from a "Mommy&Me" class with infants, to Swim Kids 10 (the last level)! 

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

Looking back at the challenges our group faced in concluding a volunteer action for all of us to partake; it would most definitely have to be time. It was difficult and barely manageable for us to all be available on one certain day to volunteer. As our top value was equality, we had ideas in mind to making small presentations to feeder schools about this topic. However, it was not the best idea since we did not have the time to present it. Therefore, we decided it would be best for each of us to volunteer on our own. We discussed the positives of doing so, such as, being more time committed as our action can be flexible around our own schedule. We overcame the challenge of partaking a volunteer action together by the realization that we could get more out of volunteering individually.  

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

As a group, the biggest success we have achieved through this action process would have to be being able to volunteer individually, yet come together to discuss the strengths and skills gained from our experiences. 

Personally, some successes that I have faced through volunteering at the pool would have to be helping in the completion of a level for a certain class or swimmer. When putting in the right amount of effort to help a child and giving them technique practices to improve, it sets them on the path to success. Seeing them with their swim report cards and a big smile on their face will always make my day! Volunteering as a lesson support also has taught me the skills necessary for a successful class, such as talking loudly or giving feed back through (physical manipulation - example, straightening their legs as they kick), verbal (explaining the skill) or visual (demonstrating the skill). With the help of my instructor and an amazing aquatic team, these skills have come a long way through courses to help me set my first job as a lifeguard in two different cities! 

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

Our group's top value was equality. When volunteering for a swimming lesson, I always make sure to speak and respect each child with respect. No matter what race, age, gender, etc, the child is, I treat all of them as they are simply children learning how to swim. A specific example would have to be when choosing a swimmer to demonstrate a certain skill in front of the entire class. Each time I would ask, I would choose a different child so that they would all have the opportunity to boost their self confidence and show what they have learned to their peers. It is a great opportunity to be able to volunteer in an environment where equality is valued immensely, since it is also our top value. 

Thanks for reading!

Venus Seyedi

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

For our action,  Jim had different plans than Jessica and I.  Jessica and I were on a trip to France during spring break, where we did a beach clean up of Juno Beach.  We went around with bags, picking up small pieces of trash that were deep in the sand and that had washed up on the shore.

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

At first, Jim and I did struggle with finding a charity that would allow us to start volunteering right away as the charity we originally wanted to do was a full year kind thing. We would have to start in September and finish in June. However, after more searching we found this charity and we were very grateful on flexible they were! We weren’t limited or expected to followed any schedule, it was literally on what works best for us and we can volunteer whenever we want.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

Jessica and I were successful in our cleanup on the beach, and I know Jim was successful with his cleanups as well.  We managed to collect a fair bit of garbage, and overall it was a great outcome for us.

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

Our shared group value was responsibility, and I feel like we definitely showed that in our cleanups. It is our responsibility to keep the world clean because littering is definitely a problem nowadays and humans are really the only ones who can prevent it from getting really bad. Cleaning a beach in France for me honestly was an amazing experience, and felt great that us as Canadians were able to clean a beach our soldiers fought on in the past.

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1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.
• So far we have been volunteering after school to peer-tutor math every week, helping people that need some more clarification or are looking for help with certain concepts or problems that they are having difficulty with. Every Wednesday after school we have been going over to the Coquitlam city center library to help kids in the grade’s one through six with their homework.

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?
• One problem that popped up while helping at the library was that one girl ended up coming for help but we ended up finishing the homework 20 minutes early and so we had 20 minutes to burn, and no homework to do. So we ended up improvising and working on her reading and pronunciation skills by reading out loud news stories about different things such as fossils found in China that connect Denisovans and Neanderthals.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?
• One success that I can think of is one person who regularly kept coming after school for help with math cause they were struggling recently had a project to do with math and algebraic equations, something that they had a lot of struggle with while doing homework. They ended up getting a 96% on their project, and I would like to think that we helped them achieve that improvement.

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).
• So the example that comes to mind for me was when I believe 2 weeks ago we were helping at the library and I was helping a grade 6 with their science, and what I noticed while helping was that I didn’t even know the names for the concepts that they were learning. So, when a car is moving very quickly on a road they require a spoiler to stop them from rising up into the air. I learned that the word for this manipulation of air to cause pressure on one side and not the other is referred to as an air-foil. I think that this really does touch on our values as our main value was self-improvement and that from helping others learn we are also learning, both new things and how to better help others.

1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.

So far I personally have been trying to find a way to take action and help the BCSPCA, but it has been harder than I thought. My partner for this project @Juliana Nunes (Charles Best), has been volunteering with the BCSPCA, but I am to young to be allowed to do so. That is why that for my personal goal, I have decided to print out fliers bringing awareness to the BCSPCA explaining why adoption is a good option. I will be distributing them soon

2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?

It was challenging being under 16 because the BCSPCA doesn't let people under 16 volunteer. That is why when we emailed them they recommended that we run some sort of fundraiser event, but it was hard to do that at our school because of the one fundraiser per club rule. That is why I decided that flyers around the neighborhood may be a good way to spread awareness, especially since many families in my neighborhood either have dogs or are looking to get one. My original plan was to put the flyers on parked cars today, but unfortunately it is raining outside. To solve this problem I decided to put the flyers on cars in the indoor parking lot of my building and on people's door handles.

3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?

My group and I actually had the most success when we decided to split up and take action in our own separate ways. Because Julia had already been involved with the BCSPCA, the action she was able to take was different that mine. Coming up with the flyer idea was also a huge success for me, because it is an idea that is very doable, and can impact people and raise a huge amont of awareness. I even designed the flyers myself, and I was sure to include a lot of information while still making it easy to read.

4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).

I have not done it yet, but I think that when I hand out the flyers will be the moment I feel relates back the most to my groups values. It relates back to our value of equality, because by doing this I will be promoting animal rights and the fact that animals in animal shelters still deserve a chance at a good life. It also relates to compassion and helping, because I am doing this because I really want to help animals get adopted. I have seen many homeless animals throughout my travels, and I felt so bad for them. There is a reason that there aren't homeless animals on the streets here, and that is because of people who bring awareness to animal adoption. I hope to be able to help animals and to raise awareness to the BCSPCA.

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