The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre could never do what we do without the vital help of our network of volunteers. We’ve hosted many volunteer groups and individuals over the years and we want to start letting the public know about the gems that come our way!
One such gem is one of our newest volunteers, Shaun Mazza. We had a chance to sit down with Shaun and ask him a few questions about his time with us, to give everyone a little bit of ‘behind-the-scenes’ scoop of what it is like to be a volunteer with CONC.
Shaun was inspired to become a volunteer with CONC because one day he walked by our Bloor St. shelter, saw our Northern Lights mural, and wanted to find out more about the building. Through some online research he quickly learned that he was admiring the façade of a shelter and drop-in and knew that he wanted to help out. He filled out our online volunteer application and was invited to join the team.
Shaun has the summer months off from pursuing a degree in Criminology at Ryerson University, and he decided that he wanted to spend this time giving back to his community (lucky us!). He is with us for a couple of hours in the morning, 5 days a week, helping with the overload of dishes that can happen when you run a hot meal service for over 100 people per day.
Shaun explained that he feels like he is a part of our team and that he is happy to be among “such a close knit group” of colleagues. Although the work he does is not too glamorous, he is really happy to be able to give back.
Shaun does have some advice for those looking to volunteer in the Bloorcourt area, “Just get out there and do it, give whatever time you can, when you can. Every little bit helps. And don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow”.
We are so lucky to have you Shaun! For more information on how to become a volunteer with CONC, check out our Get Involved tab.