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Mikenzie Batke nominated by HIV North Society

Mikenzie Batke nominated by HIV North Society

On an uncommonly warm & windy February afternoon in Grande Prairie, Mikenzie Batke started her volunteer shift at the HIV North office, where she helps the organization three days a week. Hoping for a future career in social work, Mikenzie started volunteering with HIV North after a nursing student suggested to her that volunteering with HIV North might be a good opportunity for her. During an online search Mikenzie discovered a volunteer posting on http://gpvsb.volunteergrandeprairie.com that the non-profit was looking for Harm Reduction Specialist volunteers and quickly contacted the agency.

After the initial training and the surprise of learning about all the services HIV North provides to the community. Mikenzie helps the organization with interacting with clients, organizing & distributing supplies to clients, and assembling harm reduction kits.  She also helps with taking care packages to organizations, like the St. Lawrence Centre, and general admin duties like answering the phone.  She hopes to start doing more interaction with clients on community walks and doing needle sweeps in the future.  It’s obvious talking with Mikenzie that she really enjoys her time with the HIV North team stating that the agency is a very open and inclusive place. Her work has confirmed her interest in becoming a social worker, which makes her mother beyond happy that she has found something she enjoys so much.  In fact her positive experiences with HIV North have her friends wanting to volunteer with the organization when a new opportunity becomes available. Mikenzie encourages people interested in volunteering to do so, just look for opportunities in areas that interest them as it can be very rewarding helping others and educational.

HIV North team member Cindy Belcourt stated “Mikenzie’s efforts volunteering for HIV North has been a great help for the team.   Her cheery and bright disposition lightens up the room and her kindness towards others doesn’t go unnoticed.  Her dedication and commitment to volunteerism is outstanding.” Cindy was also surprised to learn Mikenzie volunteered at other organization in the community she spends time with a resident at Mackenzie Place, Helps AHS Clients recover missing ID with the Alberta Health Services ID Program and walks in-training service dogs for Hope Heels, with hopes of fostering a puppy in the future if her Dad will let her have a dog in the house.

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau would like to thank Mikenzie Batke for her work with HIV North, helping our community with her many other volunteer activities and being ‘Caught in the Act’ of volunteering. For more information about HIV North Society visit their website at http://www.hivnorth.org.  If your interested in finding a volunteer opprotunity visit http://gpvsb.volunteergrandeprairie.com and create a free profile.

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