2018 National Volunteer Week: Thanks, CPRS Vancouver Volunteers!

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It’s 2018 National Volunteer Week and that means CPRS Vancouver wants to take this time to celebrate and say thanks to its many volunteers that spend countless hours helping to make our society tick all year round.

In March, Simon Fraser University communications associate Justin Wong joined CPRS as its new Volunteer Coordinator. He recently sat down with CPRS Vancouver to discuss his goals for the position and the value of volunteering.

Why do you volunteer?

You know that job you’ve been eying, but the job description says you need prior experience whether, even if it’s an entry level position?  I’ve found that volunteering is a great way to add skills to your toolbox that you may not have the opportunity to practise in your current job.

As CPRS Vancouver’s Volunteer Coordinator, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to manage a team of volunteers where I will be able to hone my skills in leadership and team coordination, among other talents that go along with this type of experience.

What are your goals for the position as the Volunteer Coordinator?

My main goal is to work with our Board of Directors to make it easier to match the talents of our great volunteers with the various volunteer opportunities available. I plan to also find ways to help our team of volunteers utilize and find opportunities to help reach their professional goals.

Why should people volunteer?

In addition to the great opportunity to build your skills, you get to expand your network by working with some fantastic communicators in the industry who are just as ambitious as you are and willing to offer support and advise.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for CPRS Vancouver please sign up through our new intake system. If you would like to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities, please visit our website.

About the Author

Justin Wong is a communications associate with Simon Fraser University. Working with a variety of great teams has helped him develop a repertoire for brand development through strategic communications and storytelling for diverse audiences. He has experience in developing and executing strategic communication campaigns for owned and earned media, analyzing campaign metrics, providing counsel to his in house clients, project management, graphic design, basic video editing using Animoto and story pitching (95% story placement rate over the last year).

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