Volunteer Profile : May 2015

Thank you to Shania K for her dedication and passion while volunteering on CCASA's 24-hr Support and Information phone line. Here's what she had to say about her time with us.

I first heard about CCASA through another volunteer opportunity, and instantly knew it was an organization I wanted to be a part of. I felt it was very important to get involved with this community, and I’m glad I did. My favourite part of working with CCASA is the moment during calls when the caller is able to point out their strengths. Working with such a variety of people in such a variety of situations; it’s inspiring to hear their stories and triumphs, whether that be their decision to report, telling a loved one, or finally putting themselves first.

It’s great being able to support and be there for someone going through a difficult situation. It makes the work even better, however, knowing that as a volunteer, I have the support of Mary and the CCASA staff, whether I need to debrief a call or get some extra information.

I have just finished my first year of my social work diploma! It’s been a very interesting year and I’m loving it. After my bachelor’s I hope to get a Master’s degree. I would love to work internationally or with at-risk or sexually exploited youth.

I am also extremely interested in music. I love going to concerts and festivals with my friends. I think the best concert I’ve ever been to was Arcade Fire in Montreal. I also try my very best to play the guitar and ukulele. Someday, I want to learn to play the autoharp. Other than that, I spend a lot of time reading. My favourite author is a Canadian named Heather O’Neill. Her books The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Lullabies for Little Criminals are amazing!

For more information about how you can get involved by volunteering on CCASA's Support and Information Line, click here.