National Volunteer Week is always a welcome opportunity to give our thanks and appreciation to the many KWAG volunteers who so generously give their time and talent to the Gallery. From helping out with community art activities to organizing our big annual Black & Gold fundraising gala, our dedicated volunteer team help provide exciting and accessible art experiences for our community all year round.
While we've had to do without some of our favourite in-person celebrations from previous years (beer and cornhole at Descendants, anyone?), we're keeping the recognition going online with this conversation with loyal KWAG volunteer Edina Pervanic, who has been a friendly and helpful presence at many of our art activities for kids of all ages. We caught up with this recent graduate from Conestoga College's Bachelor of Early Learning Program to learn more about how she got involved with KWAG and what kept her coming back.
What drew you to become a part of the KWAG volunteer team?
My first experience with KWAG was through a school placement with Conestoga. This was the first time that I was really engaged in art in this way, and it was such a great learning experience – I was always supported and encouraged by everyone at KWAG. When my placement was coming to an end, I knew I wanted to continue working with KWAG so I became a volunteer!
Do you have a favourite memory from your time volunteering?
One memory that stands out for me is a Family Sunday when we were playing musical easels. Every time the music played everyone would walk around the circle of easels and when the music stopped, each person would add to the drawing on the easel in front of them. It was so much fun to see children, parents and caregivers, and the volunteers participating in one activity together and enjoying themselves. The way that each individual interpreted the work before them and what they chose to add to the drawing next started some really great conversations.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer at KWAG?
I am constantly learning something new, whether it is about art or our community. KWAG volunteer opportunities are both informative and fun, and a great way to meet new people and gain new perspective. I love seeing how children interpret the art activities and make them their own, and I love seeing parents and caregivers enjoy the activities as well!