Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Bowers
“It’s been one of the most positive experiences of my life so far; I remember being involved in children and youth programs myself when I was younger, and now I get to give back as a leader.”
Daniel, a Grade 11 student at Terry Fox Secondary, has been an active volunteer in Port Coquitlam’s Recreation programs for the past two and a half years. Since enrolling as part of the City’s Summer Camp Volunteer Training back in 2017, Daniel has gone above and beyond as a volunteer in the City’s Children Services programs, volunteering over 200 hours to date. As a former recreation camp participant himself, Daniel wanted to gain a leadership role as a volunteer and give back to something that gave him so much. “It means a lot knowing that I can be a positive role model for these kids”, states Daniel.
Daniel has taken on numerous leadership roles, including assisting staff with presenting volunteer orientations, helping mentor new volunteers and supporting children with disabilities in programs and camps. If that isn’t enough, Daniel has also been completing multiple courses and training to help him achieve his goal of becoming a lifeguard. “Volunteering definitely sparked my interest in wanting to become a lifeguard; I’ve always enjoyed supporting camp participants in the pool and teaching them tips on how to swim”.
In my personal experience working with Daniel as both the Volunteer Leader and a Recreation Leader for Children Services, Daniel has proven himself to be a special volunteer, providing consistent support and being unafraid to take on additional leadership roles. His warm-hearted and genuine personality helps him get through to all participants easily. He’s very approachable, communicates well and builds strong relationships – all very important when volunteering with children and youth.
The City of Port Coquitlam’s Recreation Department would like to thank Daniel for making a positive impact in the community!
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew