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Women’s History Month: Meet Amanda

October is celebrated as Women’s History Month in Canada, and is dedicated to acknowledging the remarkable accomplishments and valuable contributions of women, both historical and contemporary, in shaping a more inclusive and improved Canada.

The theme for this year is “Through Her Lens: Commemorating the Diversity of Women.” During this month, we are shining a spotlight on the exceptional women at Covenant House Vancouver who tirelessly strive to foster equity and inclusivity in our workplace and in the care that we provide to youth who journey with us.

Amanda

What department do you work in and what is your job title?
I work on the Philanthropy Team as the Manager, Volunteer Services and Gifts in Kind.


How long have you worked at Covenant House Vancouver (CHV)?
Thirteen years!


How did you find out about CHV and what made you want to work here?
I found out about the job through Charity Village, and the mission of CHV really spoke to me.


Could you share a memorable interaction with a youth or donor?
Watching the impact volunteer engagement has on our agency has been very rewarding. Seeing first hand how volunteers feel connected to the cause and their investment on the youth’s well-being and future. It’s very motivating.


If you had to describe CHV in so many words, what would you say? 
Inspirational.


What motivates you to show up to work every day?
The youth motivate me. My hard days can never measure the types of trauma and situations they have faced. They motivate me to show up every day.


Why is CHV important?
Young adults have so much potential. Having Covenant House available to support youth in need only strengthens our community and our future.


What do you love about your job and working at CHV?
Helping to facilitate and bridge agency gaps with community engagement is a true honour. Seeing the continued support from various community members who lend their time and talents to help improve the services we provide for youth at CHV is truly amazing to witness.


Could you tell us about 2–3 accomplishments that you’ve achieved and why you are proud of them?
Helping support some of our volunteers in reaching their ten-, fifteen-, and twenty-year millstones has been amazing. Reaching my own thirteen-year milestone at Covenant House has been a great personal achievement as well.


Do you have a role model or someone who inspires you?
My mom.


How can society better support women to work towards equity? What are the roadblocks?
Acknowledgement that equity is an issue would be the first step. I still feel that people and organizations say what they need to get by, but their actions have been slow to really impact change.

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
A time to highlight amazing women both past and present and to encourage change for future generations to come.


Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your thoughts and inspiring words.


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