For this project, I interviewed by friend’s mom Natalie Currie. She is currently the Chair of Youth Services of the Rotary Club of Haney, an Member of the Executive Committee of the Ridge Meadows Youth Impact and a Member at Large at both the Parent Advisory Council of Fairview Elementary and the District Parent Advisory Council of School District 42. I chose to interview her because she is very involved in her community and many projects involving children and youth. I enjoy working with children and it is a path I may want to pursue. I learned that you must be persistent with your work in order to see the results you want.
Rotary Club – http://www.haneyrotary.org/
District Parent Advisory Council – http://www.sd42.ca/district-advisory-committee/
- Why are you passionate about your job?
As you can see, all my volunteer positions have to do with Youth/Children. I am passionate about helping children/Youth in as many ways as possible. I think, every child should have the best opportunities to make a bright future for themselves and with most of the volunteer work we want to ensure that they are able to learn the tools that they need to reach their highest potential.
2. What obstacles have you faced to get to where you are today?
As with everything, you will have to work hard, be persistent and make some sacrifices to reach your goals
3. What advice would you pass on to someone who is interested in what you are doing?
I believe, that many things will fall in place, if you are truly passionate about something. I would say, don’t be afraid to step up to take on tasks. You will learn as you go along, and you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot of your time. Get engaged with youth, be their advocate!
4. Would you be open to further contact from Riverside students and if so, how can someone contact you?
Yes, by email is probably best!
5. What are some of your roles?
I am currently the Chair of Youth Services of the Rotary Club of Haney and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Ridge Meadows Youth Impact.
6. What is your favorite part about your role?
My favorite part is when we get things done, that kids have been waiting for (like new playground equipment at school), when we have packed 76 backpacks full of food for the weekend (the Starfish backpack program, which feeds children who participate in the Brown Bag Lunch Program on weekends) and when youth show their great potential when they present their projects at the Youth Summit to city councilors, mayors and school trustees!