What Library Champions say about the Project

Libraries have a wealth of resources to help newcomers settle, but immigrants aren’t always aware of them. Library Champions, who are all dedicated volunteers, get out into their communities to spread the word about what public libraries have to offer.

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During the project, I was always thinking how empowering for newcomers the program is… I felt I was doing something meaningful. I think this project is definitely contributing to making newcomers feel welcomed.

May 11, 2018

I have learned a lot from this project not only the English but also so many useful information and communication skills. The top three benefits that I have gained from this wonderful experience are self-confidence, friendship, and happiness. Thank you so much for every help and encouragement that you gave me in the past four months!

July 18, 2018

Being a library champion is a first volunteer experience for me. It allowed me to meet new people, talk with them… I have been here for five years but had no social life whatsoever. LCP gave me the opportunity and the first experience. Outreaching was really easy when talking with people in my first language, but in English was a bit harder. I had to learn new words, prepare myself to approach people and present about libraries.

April 7, 2016

During the LCP interview, after the information session, was the first time I felt like I belong in Canada. After taking the training and doing some outreach, I became so confident. MS Society accepted me as a volunteer because I was a library champion. I loved talking to others and introducing libraries, specially to MS patients. I was a doctor in Iran working with MS patients. I am here now and, as a volunteer, I can make a difference again.

April 7, 2016

Hear from Library Champions and their Supporters

Every Library Champion has a story to tell! Learn about the people who make a real difference in the community, including where they moved from and how being a Library Champion changed their lives and the lives of other newcomers in their community.