First year fast-track student Kessy Ang and alumae Erin White (BN’11) from the School of Nursing, as well as Alana Stout from the Centre for Nursing Studies all received bronze awards during the Volunteer Incentive Program (V.I.P.) awards ceremony recently. The annual ceremony took place on Feb. 29 at the Confederation Building.
Ms. Ang admits that she started volunteering because she thought it would look good on her resume but she soon realized something bigger. “Now I realize that it is the satisfaction from providing assistance to others that meant the most. Not long ago, I volunteered at the pre-admission clinic at the HSC doing some administrative duties. It is true that I might be doing simple and minor tasks, but my efforts were never wasted,” noted Ms. Ang. “Every single smile and ‘thank you’ that I received made my effort and time worthwhile. Volunteering in a new society and community definitely provides experiences that money cannot buy. Although I am very busy with my studies now, I will definitely continue to volunteer in the future.”
The V.I.P. awards were presented by Lieutenant-Governor John Crosbie and Nick McGrath, minister for Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, Labrador Affairs and the Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector.
Since 2005, the V.I.P. program has presented more than 850 awards, representing more than 25,000 volunteer hours donated by Memorial students. This year, more than 110 students achieved award status. The program, an initiative of the Student Volunteer Bureau ‒ a partnership between Career Development and Experiential Learning and Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union ‒ began in 2003 and encourages students to track their volunteer efforts both on and off campus.
In addition to volunteer hours, participants must take part in activities that will enhance the development of their career path, self-awareness and leadership abilities.