February Volunteer of the month: Frieda!
February 4, 2019
QMUNITY would like to recognize Frieda for her commitment and leadership within the Youth Program.
1. How did you get involved with QMUNITY?
I wanted to give back to the LGBTQ/2S community and work with youth. I heard about QMUNITY’s youth drop-in program and it sounded perfect.
2. Tell me a bit about yourself.
Hi! I am a social work student and new-ish volunteer at QMUNITY. I love flowers, magical realism, and making food and crafts for people I care about. I also love meeting new people, so come say hi! I am great at giving weird, niche media recommendations.
3. What’s your favourite part of volunteering at QMUNITY?
I love watching the youth positively supporting one another and forming friendships. GAB is a place where these kids can freely be themselves, and the joy that brings them is wonderful to see.
4. Tell me a short story of an interaction at QMUNITY that stands out for you.
I am always surprised and delighted at the sorts of things the youth get really into. Hangman has become one of the most engaging activities at drop-in; the whole room gets so invested! Then there was the time that a magic demonstration turned into a mathematical discussion with the whole room. A couple of youth who are normally very shy chimed in with such confidence; it was great.
5. What does your happy place look like?
Somewhere in nature. A field of wildflowers, a green forest, or the seashore.
6. What is your favourite food and why?
I can eat my weight in pasta any day of the week. I grew up in Vancouver’s Little Italy, and Italian food has always been my favourite.
7. What items could you not survive without?
My cat, my assortment of happy yellow sweaters, and my vast tea collection.
8. What’s your favourite way to spend a day in Vancouver?
Sitting in a park on a sunny day with my partner, a good book, and some snacks.
Message from Jennie, Social Worker: Counselling and Youth Support Services:
Frieda is a very supportive volunteer. She is always ready and eager to help out with whatever needs to be done. She works well with the youth, connecting them with one another and helping them feel welcome in the space. Frieda is very observant and attentive to the youth and has caught dynamics/situations that I’ve missed, and brought them to my attention which has aided us in continuing to make our youth space accessible and safe.