Volunteers of the Year 2012-2013

Winner

Zelin Liu

Zelin is the first volunteer to arrive and the last one to leave. He is extremely reliable, responsible and likable. His positive attitude and patience allows him to connect with all participants regardless of their age. When he has the chance to sit down with one of the participants he always strives to leave them with some new tidbit of knowledge. His constant presence and consistent efforts have helped many kids improve their game. Although he loves to sit down and play with the participants, Zelin is also able to coordinate the group of volunteers and participants alike in order to run a smooth fun program for everyone.  (Bridlewood)

 

Nominees

Gaajen Sivarasacumar

Gaajen Sivarasacumar

Gaajen brings enthusiasm, and the eagerness required, to teach young and old as part his volunteer duties. The library has had very positive feedback from several participants regarding his teaching repertoire and skills. As an example of his commitment: Gaajen took the extra step writing the rules of the game in a very basic format for a patron. This helped the patron better understand the game. Not only is he co-operative and respectful, but is also cognizant of learners needs. He shows up diligently every Saturday and is a pleasure to work with.

Gaajen is an asset to the CITL program at Humberwood . We look forward to his continued participation as a CITL volunteer with the library.

(Humberwood)

 

Gal Gross

Gal Gross

Gal plays chess with inexperienced beginners and experienced players, offering helps for children in techniques of chess. He also recommends chess books for children after he plays with the children so that children can improve skills in chess quickly. He communicates with parents about chess and provides helpful suggestions in improving
children’s chess skills.

He displays his leadership in Chess in the Library. He and other volunteers regularly play chess with children, the ages and adults in North York Central Library through different forms such as one by one, double chess and ladder. So far, many children play chess in North York Central Library although it is difficult for parking in this area.
Parents and children enjoy the opportunity for playing chess with advanced players like Gal and his friends and develop interests and confidences in chess.

(North York Central Library)

 

Sergio Rodriguez

Sergio Rodriguez

Sergio technically volunteers at Brookbanks Library but over the past year, he has volunteered at almost every Chess In The Library location in the east region of Toronto. As the organization struggled to accommodate the newly established PRC policy, Sergio was always there, willing to travel far and wide to help make sure that all Chess In The Library locations kept running. Over the course of the year, he has volunteered at Bridlewood, Malvern, and Leaside, but even while travelling all over the region, he continued to volunteer at Brookbanks, his “home library”. Sergio has demonstrated tremendous commitment by prioritizing the organizations needs over his personal preferences. Sergio played a large role in helping the organization overcome the PRC obstacle and has proved to be a tremendous asset to Chess In The Library.

(Brookbanks)