Article written by Sam Speziale, a grade 12 student from Richmond Hill.
Helping out in the community is a great experience. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer for Leona Alleslev, the MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, where I helped my community connect and grow.
The office is the go-to place to connect the federal government with the community. People from across the riding come here for assistance. I was surprised by the list of government programs the office can help constituents with. From organized events, CPP applications, to immigration and visa assistance, the office is there to support the community.
I was thrilled by the wide range of projects I was tasked with. I started with researching events and national issues. I was also able to contribute by informing local businesses and organizations about the Canada Summer Jobs Program, and had the chance to write articles about events in the community. The variety of tasks helped me to understand more about my community through interactive experiences. I’ve also developed skills on how to build good work ethics in an office environment.
My time as a volunteer in Leona’s office has helped me understand my community in more ways than I could have imagined. The experience of having a deep connection with your community, and helping to enrich it is one that I will never forget. As I prepare for university, the largest leap of my life, I’m excited to continue to learn more about my community through my volunteer experience. The skills I have learned during my time at the office has prepared me to take on bigger challenges, inspired me to help others, and work to change my community for the better.