Carmen Mills has recently joined the Children’s Festival team as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Please join us in giving her a warm welcome. Read on to learn more about Carmen.
Can you tell us a little about your role at the Festival?
As the Volunteer Coordinator, I am responsible for recruiting the hundreds of volunteers that the Festival relies on to make the Festival come to life. In other words, I marshal the troops, motivate the crew, make sure everyone has fun and I get things done!
What are your initial thoughts and experiences?
Right off the bat, it feels like the Festival team loves their work and is truly dedicated to the project. I have also realized that teachers are superheroes!
Please tell us why you decided to get involved with the Festival?
I’ve worked on a lot of events and festivals, but not any that involved children and teenagers. I’m excited for this new adventure and a chance to learn more volunteer management.
Have you attended the Festival before?
Never! I am totally stoked for the big event.
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
When I have spare time, I like to wander, putter and strum my uke for the East Van crows.
What would you consider your hidden talent?
I can make leftovers fit into any container.
What are your three favourite things?
Bicycles, wool and orange-bellied newts.
How are you involved in your community?
I organize the Car-free Festival and dance parties, as well as get into zen buddhist mischief.
What part of the Festival are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to meeting new volunteers, helping them learn new skills and grow into their roles. It will be nice to reach that golden moment when all the plates are spinning on their sticks.
How do you get creatively playful?
When I am creatively playful, I’m usually jammin’ on my uke, playing with pals, creating graphics, blogging, sound editing, or exploring on two feet or two wheels.