Jade Arignon, Business Student, Volunteer, and Employee
Jade Arignon’s commitment to volunteerism has changed the face of Langara. Two years ago, the business student was busy picking up volunteer positions around campus to gain work experience when she realized that there was no College program to identify opportunities for volunteers. Together with fellow student Warren Springer and mentor Clayton Munro, Jade proposed a new volunteer plan to the Langara Board of Governors that led to the foundation of the VOLT program. Fast forward two years and the program boasts more than 600 members who have amassed thousands of hours of volunteer time – proof that a little idea can go a long way.
The VOLT program now helps students volunteer within the Langara community and the Lower Mainland, as well as around the world. Through its partnership with the Vancouver-based C.A.R.E. Society, students can apply for airfare assistance to pursue volunteer opportunities overseas. In 2012, Jade travelled to Nepal to help needy orphans in the village of Budhanilkantha.
“The experience made me more aware of how lucky the people of the Western world are to have the advancements we have in technology, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and government. The orphanage gave these children the greatest gift they could possibly receive: the chance to get an education. For a lot of people around the world, this is never even an option. Going on this trip certainly made me reevaluate how lucky I am to have been given the chance to go to school and carve my own path in life.”
In addition to her volunteer efforts, Jade represents Langara on the women’s basketball team and recently joined the College as a full-time employee working in the Athletics Department – while still pursuing her degree in International Business through the Bachelor of Business Administration Program.
“Langara has helped me to go from student-athlete, to volunteer, to world-wide traveller, to temporary employee, and now to full-time employee and student. Everyone on this campus is willing to give. The more you give to this school, the more it gives back to you. For most students, it’s unrealistic to imagine a trip abroad during their studying years. With the generous help of the C.A.R.E. Society and its members, students like me are given an incredible opportunity to help others all over the world.”
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Posted on: March 18, 2013