Multi-talented volunteer brings a range of skills to the Multicultural Association

Skilled volunteers like Jacinta Nwafornso are shifting the volunteerism paradigm

Simply put, “to be of service to others” was the answer Jacinta Nwafornso gave when we asked what drives her to volunteer. Jacinta, who believes in giving back to the community, moved to Fort McMurray in August 2016 from Halifax, Nova Scotia in search of employment. A community minded Accounting Graduate from Mount Saint Vincent University, Jacinta comes from a family of five and is very much looking forward to finding employment, making new friends, and calling Fort McMurray her home for many years to come.

Jacinta has had many volunteer roles in her life. She has donated her time to charities and organizations, such as: the Heart and Stroke foundation, Transforming Life Center, Canada Revenue Agency, Flair HQ and Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). Not stopping there, Jacinta has shared her skills with various organizations by assisting with Administrative and Clerical duties, Event Planning, Project and Office Coordination, and Accounting and provided support with Financial responsibilities. We met Jacinta through her volunteer service with the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo. She has been assisting the Multicultural Association with various administrative and office duties, while also proving to be a huge asset when it comes to planning and implementing community programs and events. Jacinta, like many volunteers, is humble when asked about her contributions, stating: “it is an honour serving these diverse populations in our community, and working with the amazing staff at the Multicultural Association.” Jacinta believes that the best way to give back to your community is through volunteering. Serving others is one of the most fulfilling and gratifying experiences a person can have. “It is an all-around win-win situation.”

 

We asked Jacinta what she looked for in her volunteer roles, she replied, “for me it is about the needs of the organization. I am available to assist in whatever capacity needed. Many of the organizations I work with utilize me in administrative, accounting and bookkeeping roles because of my academic training and work experience. I also value the opportunity to work with organization’s staff and learn from them.” Having gained so much from her own experience volunteering, Jacinta is quick to encourage others to get involved:

“I will encourage anyone thinking about volunteering to give it a chance. It could be an hour a week or 5 hours a week, whatever works for you, and from my experience, most organization are very flexible and will accommodate your schedule. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn about the community and lend a helping hand.”

Passionate and dedicated volunteers like Jacinta keep Fort McMurray thriving. The day Jacinta came into the Wood Buffalo Volunteer Center, she was determined to be involved in the community and share her skill set to help in any way she could. When asked if she planned on continuing to volunteer in the community, she excitedly remarked “Absolutely! Even after finding employment, I will continue to volunteer and assist in whatever way I can.”