Meet Umi. She is a CIWA volunteer with the Volunteer Program and is the Volunteer of the Month for June.
Umi Latifah was born and raised in Indonesia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and, prior to moving to Canada in 2018, she taught pre-school and elementary school. Umi and her husband lived in Labrador City for almost a year before relocating to Calgary in 2019.
Umi was scrolling on Facebook when she saw an advertisement for CIWA, which prompted her to visit CIWA’s website to learn about the organization. Umi was excited to find a place that offered a diverse number of potential services for herself. Umi began her journey with CIWA as a walk-in client where she learned the importance of volunteerism in Canada and began actively searching for volunteer opportunities at CIWA and elsewhere.
Umi supports the 3rd floor reception as an assistant and also volunteers with the Volunteer Program by updating files, completing paperwork with new volunteers, making phone calls, providing interpretation support to clients, and more.
Umi is a brilliant person and a fast learner that follows instructions. It is an honour to be around her as she is always cheerful and friendly. She is extremely personable, treating fellow volunteers with courtesy and respect. She ensures her tasks are carried out in a timely fashion, including all required record keeping. She offers positive feedback and sound solutions to CIWA’s complex environment. As an added bonus, she enjoys providing delicious snacks to CIWA staff and volunteers! When she is not volunteering, Umi enjoys exercising and playing games.
Congratulations Umi on being Volunteer of the Month for June 2020!
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