“I came to Canada, as an immigrant from Gambia West Africa. Knowing how important it is to gain local experience, I started looking for volunteer opportunities. This led me to my contact with Community Placement Centre who helped me through the volunteer process. I applied to many places but AIM was the first to positively respond.
I have been volunteering at AIM for a while now and this has been an awakening and inspirational period for me. My late dad was a traditional healer and this work also helps me to reconnect with what he does.
I participant in different activities, from helping in monitoring participants, to playing games, craft work, cooking to doing dishes. This is a beautiful experience for me. People with special needs back home are viewed very differently and there are no such opportunities for them. I am looking forward to sharing this experience someday with authorities of my country and even contributing to working on such projects later in the future in my community back home. AIM staff and participants are amazing.”
Matida, former volunteer at AIM
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you” – Wayne Dyer.
“Since I can remember, my mom has always had this quote posted on our fridge. This saying truly came to life with me these past few months. During my placement at AIM, one of our participants was injured in a fall at her home. I observed all of the concerned looks, questions and homemade cards that came in and out. When the participant returned, I was truly touched by the warm hugs and happy smiles to see her return to AIM. And I thought, what if we all had the capacity to love this deeply? Without judgement, without question and without ridicule. To be able to love each and every individual for who they are and to be able to empathise so deeply with each individual in any situation. The ability to forgive and forget without holding grudges and loving so deeply… This capability is such a gift that each of us could use more of in this world. So, thank you to AIM for teaching me one of the most valuable lessons I will ever learn, how to truly love and accept.”
Kara, Summer Student Placement
“I love how inclusive and supportive the environment is. I love watching everyone enjoy each other’s company. Today when I left everyone said “Bye! We love you Katie!” – My heart exploded. I have never felt so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group. I can only hope that I had the same profound effect on everyone as they had on me! It was a perfect last day, and I can only hope to see and work with everyone again in the future! Thank you! :)”
Katie, former student placement volunteer
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