Work & Volunteering
Kidzone Child Care Inc. – I was a daycare worker at Dr. A.E. Perry School from June 2010 to August 2010. I planned activities and supervised toddlers and children ages 18 months to 12 years. Throughout the week, I celebrated fun themes for the kids to discover. For example, they enjoyed learning about the beach, wild animals, magic, music, etc. My boss booked a variety of field trips so that the children could explore and enjoy the city. The kids enjoyed going to the South Leisure Centre Spray Pad, Massey Pool, Science Centre and IMAX Theatre, Downtown Farmers’ Market, and Golden Mile Theatre. This experience allowed me to develop strong relationships with the children and help them solve problems independently.
ESL Explore Program – From 2009 to 2010, I taught English to teenagers and adults from Québec and countries from around the world. As a conversation partner (CP), my focus was to develop students’ listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation during the five weeks they were here. On a normal day, one hour was spent on conversation sessions (usually three groups per day). Then, another hour was devoted to a language workshop, in which students chose to participate in a sports, music, dance, drama, film, or photography session of some kind. As a CP, I also conducted an Explore Mosaic workshop, in which students learned more about another country or culture. This job allowed me to learn more about students’ languages, accompany them on excursions and trips in and around the city, and develop lifelong friendships with people all over the world.
Saskatchewan Safety Council – From May 2009 to June 2009, I was an Urban Power Pac Team Presenter for the Saskatchewan Safety Council. During this experience, I taught half-day presentations in elementary schools regarding potential dangers encountered at home, school, and at play. Part of my job was to follow the guidelines and topics outlined in my package–however, I could choose the method or medium of delivering my presentations. As a new speaker in the schools, I learned to make the presentations interactive and engaging for students. I encouraged their participation, asked for volunteers, and responded to all questions and stories that came up. In the end, children learned to be responsible decision-makers so that they can always be safe in familiar environments.
Kumon Math and Reading Center – From May 2008 to October 2008, I was a program assistant for elementary students struggling in the areas of mathematics and language arts. Part of my job was to set-up students’ examinations and then mark the results. Later, I would determine whether they were ready to move on to the next level of study. On some days, I met with younger students to read stories, ask questions about the literature, and teach basic math concepts through flashcards and other fun games. This job helped me develop awareness of students’ strengths and struggles, and I always encouraged them to do their best work.
Resurrection Parish – As a Children’s Liturgy Leader at my parish, I enjoy discussing the Gospel message to children ages three to eight. Since 2005, I have been planning and leading the lessons at Resurrection Parish (usually once every month). Part of this experience involves praying and singing with the children, organizing activities that pertain to the Gospel, and allowing the kids to participate and ask questions. This volunteering experience asks me to adapt the mass in an age-appropriate manner, while still getting the content across. Moreover, parents are comfortable bringing their children to mass and can listen to the homily without being disturbed.
Massey & Coronation Park Schools – From 2008 to 2010, I helped Miss Jennifer Sewell with her classroom centres (she moved schools during the middle of my experience). These centres took place in the hallway, as I guided grades one and two students with their assigned reading levels. I measured students’ decoding and comprehension, and then assessed their readiness to advance to more challenging activities. If students were having obvious difficulties, I would notify the teacher by filling out a form and taking note of their challenges.
YMCA Achievement Plus Tutoring Program – From 2005 to 2008, I met weekly with a student to work on problems areas. In particular, I tutored children having difficulty in the reading and writing strands of the language arts curriculum. I also tutored elementary and high school mathematics and French. Regardless of the subject area, I always offered assistance with projects and helped review for upcoming exams. I also developed appropriate practice questions and follow-up as required.
PlayEscapes Summer Program – In 2003, 2004, and 2006, I was a program assistant for the PlayEscapes Summer Program at W.S. Hawrylak School. Part of my duty was to supervize and lead children in activities and events, while also researching and developing craft activities to suit their abilities. I ensured that all children were safe and felt a sense of belonging with others. I also helped the kids develop new and healthy relationships as they learned and played in indoor and outdoor environments.