Richard is one of PIN’s greatest champions!

Richard James - Volunteer of the Month

In 2005, a few years after Richard first discovered the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington, currently PIN – the People and Information Network, he returned to discover what opportunities might be in store for himself. He had recently completed the Volunteer Management Certificate program at Conestoga College and felt it might be a good opportunity to use his skills and abilities as well as learn new ones.

“My experience as a volunteer has been very good” says Richard, “helping people to find volunteer roles. I enjoyed the one-to-one contact and was able to bring in my counselling skills as well.”
A stands out moment for Richard, in his volunteer experience with PIN was when a local group he participated in requested that he present to the group about PIN and its services. It was the first time a volunteer had been asked to present to a community group. With PIN’s support, Richard’s presentation was well received. The experience led to the creation of Volunteer Ambassador, a new role that included regular presentations to groups and representation of PIN at community displays and events. “I enjoyed doing the presentation and being a representative at community booths” shares Richard, “with my volunteer management certificate, I like to keep up to date and involved.”

For over 15 years, Richard has been a dedicated volunteer supporting the work of PIN. He is a natural community connector and well informed about developments within the nonprofit sector. He has held many roles through out his time at PIN: support at reception, community events ambassador, media monitor and more.

Richard is one of PIN’s greatest champions. Whether it is distributing promotional material or hosting a display booth, he always presents in a friendly, professional manner and is willing to go above and beyond to ensure people have just the right volunteer opportunity or information needed.

Richard described his volunteer experience as terrific! He had the chance to meet and worked with staff and volunteers. He was able to grow his own professional skills through attending workshops offered by PIN in the community. Through networking at various events, he was able to expand his volunteer experience.

When Richard is not volunteering you may find him spending time with family and friends. He has a passion for military history and trains which is evident in his hobbies of building models and N scale model trains.

Richard’s sense of fulfilment by giving back to the community through volunteering and helping others reach their goals must certainly be a central reason behind his years of dedication and support of PIN’s mission.
Richard, thank you for sharing your spirit of generosity and commitment to PIN and the community.

Posted on November 1, 2022

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