After delivering newspapers to Sooke Family Resource Society (SFRS), Danika Joslin realized she wanted to embrace the world of volunteering and saw opportunity at this social service agency in her community. She knew she wanted to work with young children and offered to volunteer in the Children and Family programming at SFRS.
For the last four years, Danika has volunteered at least once a week helping in the Monday Parent and Child drop-in group as well as Wednesdays in the early learning component of the Parent Discussion group. Over the years she has met many families from the community, watching toddlers grow and head off to kindergarten and welcoming new babies to the programs. Working with these children has illustrated for Danika “the importance of being aware of their needs” and has helped her recognize the different stages of child development. Danika’s favourite part of working with the children is “how funny they are, especially the things they say, and getting to know their parents.” Danika has been exposed to various transferable skills while volunteering at SFRS and she sees that volunteering is a good way to “learn about a field of work.”
As well as dedicating her time every week, Danika has been studying English at Camosun College and works part-time in our community. She values the experience gained from her role in the Children and Family drop-in groups and is a dedicated and valued member of the SFRS team.