Welcome to a new series on this blog! Taking inspiration from “Humans of New York” we are trying to catch up with the wonderful people that make this volunteering world go around. One of the beautiful things about this community is that it is ordinary people doing their part to make the uni, the city and the world just a wee bit more awesome.
First up: Abigail Clark. Abi is one of our lovely executive team here at Unicrew, but she is involved with several organisations and projects within the Uni and wider Dunedin community. We were lucky enough to grab some of her spare minutes for a chat.
“I have no idea what my greatest strength is! I would like to think that I make other people feel at ease and comfortable around me. I feel like it is super important to make others feel comfortable in a lot of the volunteering that I do. I’m the Volunteer Coordinator for the Youth Action Committee, and currently I’m meeting with a lot of prospective people who are interested in joining YAC, so obviously I have to give off a good impression, make them think it would be fun for them to join!
I coordinate the Otago International Friendship Network, and that’s all about new international students meeting new people, so of course it is really important to make people feel at ease and comfortable there too. I’m also an Intern for Queer Support, and the people I meet through volunteering there may be in a vulnerable place, so it is really important there too for them to feel comfortable around me.”