November Volunteer of the Month: Seth!
November 6, 2018
QMUNITY would like to recognize Seth for his dedication, passion, and leadership within the Youth Program and community group facilitation. Thanks, Seth!
1. How did you get involved with QMUNITY?
I started volunteering with GAB in January 2018 as a way of supporting the queer community and stealing the wisdom of the youths. More recently, my friend and I started a peer support group to help trans and gender diverse people moving through the medical system.
2. Tell me a bit about yourself.
Nothing stresses me out more than writing a bio, so I’ve outsourced one:
“He is a plain looking fellow of Hobbit-like proportions. At best mediocre in talent and skill, though possessing a strong will and a child-like naivety about his own capabilities.”
3. What’s your favourite part of volunteering at QMUNITY?
Getting to witness so many young people with such a strong understanding of who they are and how the world works. It’s nice to know one day we will hand the keys over to a generation that knows about such bewildering concepts as climate change and racism.
4. Tell me a short story of an interaction at QMUNITY that stands out for you.
The best interactions at Q have been the times when I see myself in others. I spent a lot of time isolated from the queer community and its still a wonderful surprise to meet someone who can finish your sentences, or to realize that Esther also has a flip phone.
5. What does your happy place look like?
6. What is your favourite food and why?
You would think it would be cheese. However, my favourite food is bean burrito because it is cheap, requires little chewing, and can be infinitely dressed up or down depending on the situation. Have only three seconds to make a meal? You can make a plain bean burrito. Having guests over? You can add cheese inside and offer little ramekins of sour cream and salsa. Having VIP guests over? You can garnish with a sprig of parsley.
7. What items could you not survive without?
Probably a hat. I have a tiny head and need something to balance out my silhouette.
8. What’s your favourite way to spend a day in Vancouver?
I’ve had this plan to go on a hop-on hop-off bus tour around Vancouver and secretly bring drinks along. That would surely be my favourite way to spend a day in Vancouver.
Message from Esther, Youth Worker:
Seth has been an incredible support in the program and goes above and beyond to get resources for our youth and is super rad. – Esther
Message from Christen, Special Events & Community Outreach coordinator:
Seth has been a wonderful addition to our volunteer team. He has done great work through his creation/facilitation of Trans Medical Support Group. With his easy-going, funny and friendly personality, it has been a pleasure having him volunteer!