“Challenge accepted”: Volunteering is its own reward

For Krista Nyenhuis, volunteerism is second nature. Since the age of 11, she’s been an active volunteer, encouraged by her parents to contribute to her community’s social wellbeing. Now an adult, Krista, an administrative assistant for the Student Financial Support Team at NBCC, continues to do what she can to make life better in her community.

When Krista, a former Level 1 volunteer fire fighter, was approached to take on the volunteer position of EMO coordinator for the Village of Norton, she didn’t hesitate.

“It didn’t take much convincing,” she said. “Challenge accepted.”

Krista is one of many NBCC staff members who donate their time, energy, and talents to a cause for the greater good. Volunteerism is at the heart of NBCC’s award-winning Robertson Institute for Community Leadership, spreading a spirit of service across the province.

The Robertson Institute is paying tribute to Krista and other NBCC volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 20-24. The theme of this year’s appreciation week is Volunteering is Empathy in Action.

Appreciation and tributes are nice, but they’re not what motivates Krista to give her time and talent to the causes she supports.

“The enthusiasm involved in volunteering for your community with a network of like-minded individuals gives a sense of doing greater good; no other rewards required,” she said. “Volunteering can open our mindset to a new level of empathy. Then we can see the need in a clearer view and share the positive energy.”

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