I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work for the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham as a Gallery Animateur. This role sharpened my passion for art programming, education, and accessibility; topics I am currently researching at the post-graduate level. I am especially thankful for the chance to work with and learn from so many passionate artists and colleagues who continue to influence my work today.
"Through volunteering, I’ve been able to adapt easily to my job as a camp counselor at the Varley and develop my skills as someone working with kids and with art."
"As a Gallery Animateur, I quickly learned to adapt new strategies and skills to enhance my public speaking presentation skills. I led informal and formal tours, conducted research on Chinese Export Paintings, and speaking to the public really helped me to develop my professionalism in the work environment."
"...my three years of volunteering with the Varley Art Gallery was undoubtedly a memorable experience, which is why I knew that I wanted to play a more active role in delivering programs, marking my transition from Volunteer to Educational Program Assistant. Now, as an employee of the Varley Art Gallery, not only have I been provided with a greater opportunity for leadership, but working as a staff member has allowed me to draw on all that I have learned through my volunteering experience."
"I can easily say that volunteering with the Varley has been one of the most memorable and valuable experiences in my life. With giving back to the community comes a great deal of reward in the sense of seeing the expression on a child’s face when they have made something that they are proud of. Over the years, my position has allowed me to grow with confidence in my leadership, creativity, and teamwork skills and has challenged me to take on new responsibilities."
"My co-op experience during high school was so rewarding and gave me knowledge that I apply to my current position as Gallery Animateur with the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham. The Varley Art Gallery is a wonderful place to learn and grow!"
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