PCC Celebrates National Volunteer Week: Pratiksha's Story

Each year, Peel Children’s Centre counts on the efforts of more than 100 specially trained volunteers. As mentors, tutors, drivers, childcare workers, respite providers and fundraising assistants, our volunteers are critical to the success of our programs. We join with the rest of Canada’s volunteer sector to celebrate and thank our volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Keep reading to learn more about Pratiksha and her role as a childcare volunteer.

When Pratiksha graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Criminology, she knew she wanted to work with young people and the law. Looking to gain experience working with vulnerable children and youth, Pratiksha began researching local social service agencies, at which point she discovered Peel Children’s Centre (PCC).

Pratiksha soon found her niche as a childcare volunteer, using her creativity and energy to care for the young children who visit PCC’s main office while their parents and siblings attend sessions and participate in groups. After a little more than a year, Pratiksha now calls PCC her “second home” and she cherishes the strong bonds she’s developed with the children in her care.

Today Pratiksha is a student in Sheridan College’s Social Service Worker (SSW) program, and she says that volunteering with children, youth, and families at PCC has taught her many transferrable skills she will continue to use in her career. Volunteering has had a positive impact on her personal life, too. “Since becoming a childcare volunteer, I feel better equipped to support my nieces and nephews and my friends’ children,” she says, with a big smile. “Volunteering has made me a better friend and a better aunt, and I expect this experience will probably help me be a better mother someday.”

Pratiksha says that everyone should consider volunteering, especially young people. “You will never regret volunteering,” she urges, adding, “It’s nice knowing that you’ve impacted someone else’s life in a positive way, and it’s a great learning experience – sometimes in ways you don’t expect.”

If you are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer programs at PCC, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Linda Buchanan, at 905-795-3500 ext. 2260 or use the online form available on our website.

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