Currently I am leading the Guides 11 unit in Uplands. I decided to become a leader three years ago to help out the unit that my daughter is attending. It is so much fun to hang out with the girls. Guides is the section of Girl Guides for ages 9-11 and their motto is “Be Prepared”. It is a great way to help out in the community and involve my daughter in things such as the food bank drive and Tim hortons clean up.
Another thing my whole family has been a part of and involved in is the Global Partners International student exchange program. Over the past 5 years we have hosted three wonderful Japanese girls who became a part of our family. My daughter considers them her sisters. I would love to be able to take my children to Japan to visit their “sisters”. Global Partners is an exchange program that works with Japan, New Zealand and Austrailia. I am a program coordinator for GPI. I get to meet all of the exchange students, as well as the families from Regina that have welcomed the children into their homes for the year. I am here for the girls to talk to and help in anyway I can for their stay. It has been an amazing experience and I hope to contiue to be a part of this.
The lovely women in the Regina Newcomers Club helped me get settled in this new city 7 years ago. It started some wonderful friendships that I cherish today. The club is a non-profit organization created to help woman new to the city meet people and feel welcome. I have not been as involved recently as I have been in the past, but I hope to immerse myself into it some more once my studies have slowed down. I am not sure if Regina would have ever felt like home without the help of the club. From dinner socials and movies night to a parent and tot group when my children were little, I have always felt welomed and the I belonged. I have been on the executive for a few years as secretary, treasurer, 2nd VP and door prizes. Another amazing opportunity to mmet new people!
One more thing I would like to mention (maybe it will get more donations and volunteers), is CJME Santas Annonymous. I have donated toys in the past and the past two years I have involved my kids by taking them to the place where the gifts are wrapped. The first year my kids saw the list of name of all of the kids that needed presents for Christmas, it was a really great moment for me as a parent. They care so deeply and would not leave until the lists were completely gone. We stayed and wrapped presents through lunch. It was a really good day. This is something we will make an annual tradition of.