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Half a World Away

Published May 16, 2019

Jasnique Gill-Nahal began volunteering at RCRG just under a year ago. Like most volunteers, she wanted to give back to her community. But, having recently moved to Richmond from England, she also wanted something else: a means of connecting to her new home. She found that through volunteering, and is now helping Richmond residents new and old start volunteer journeys of their own. Volunteer writer Amanda Oye spoke with Jasnique about finding community half a world away from home.

Finding community and a sense of belonging when you have moved far away from the place you have called home your whole life is not easy. But it’s also not impossible. Just ask Jasnique Gill-Nahal, an RCRG Volunteer Match Advisor and Board Member. 

Jasnique moved to Canada last year from England, and quickly got started on her volunteer journey in her new city. “It’s really important, I think, wherever you are that you are involved in the community,” says Jasnique. 

Starting with what she knew, Jasnique began her search for a volunteer role at City Hall, because she has a background in politics. She soon found herself being directed to RCRG, where she decided to make an appointment with a Volunteer Match Advisor. 

Based on her previous experience and her interview skills, Jasnique was encouraged to become a Volunteer Match Advisor herself. She’s been volunteering in the role ever since, helping others in the same way she was helped when she first walked in the doors of RCRG. 

Jasnique’s job as an Advisor “is to ask the right questions,” she says. This is important, so she can help prospective volunteers find positions that correspond to their skills, interests, and schedule, she explains.

During a typical appointment, she will go through the different opportunities that are available – on any given day, RCRG’s database features upwards of 60 volunteer positions - and will cover how to apply. Typically, a prospective volunteer is given four to five options, and Jasnique will follow up with them after their appointment to see how everything went.

Through her role as a Volunteer Match Advisor, Jasnique meets a lot of different people from diverse backgrounds. It does not matter whether someone is a student looking for experience to put on their resume, or a recent empty-nester looking for something new in their lives – there are volunteer opportunities in Richmond for everyone. 

This includes opportunities for newcomers who are working on their English. Meeting people so willing and eager to learn through volunteering “was really inspiring,” Jasnique says. Nothing should stop you from feeling like you can learn more, she explains. 

Volunteering with RCRG, and being given the opportunity to impact other peoples’ lives, has been inspiring for Jasnique, and unforgettable. Making a difference in someone’s life is “something no amount of money can give you,” she says. 

Jasnique’s initial experience with RCRG was so positive that, around the same time as she was applying to be a Volunteer Match Advisor, she also put forth her name to serve on the RCRG Board of Directors, to which she was elected last June. 

Serving on the Board has been a great experience for Jasnique, who has found inspiration from her fellow Board Members and from all the people she encounters through her volunteer work with RCRG. “It’s just generally a really great place to be,” she says.

If you’d like to volunteer, but don’t know where to begin, our Volunteer Match service is for you. Call 604-279-7020 to schedule a free 30-minute appointment, and Jasnique or another of our friendly, knowledgeable Advisors will help you find a rewarding, meaningful volunteer role.

Photo Caption: Jasnique Gill-Nahal (centre) and her fellow Volunteer Match Advisors help everyone from high school students to retirees find fun, rewarding volunteer opportunities in Richmond.