Volunteers at ‘We declare’: Friendly, welcoming and helpful

August 17, 2022

EDMONTON—“It’s been amazing.Everyone I called to serve came on time and with enthusiasm,” says volunteer coordinator Jan Wilhelm. “We had willing and capable volunteers and gracious participants.” Wilhelm was part of a group of more than 50 volunteers who helped as hosts, drivers, tour guides, coordinators, ushers and food service personnel during Mennonite Church Canada’s “We Declare: Gathering 2022” in Edmonton from July 29 to Aug. 1. As the faces and voices of the local church community, Gathering 2022 volunteers were excited to welcome and host people from across Canada. Whether they were helping participants find things or spaces, or answering questions about the venue, program, meals or the city, they always stepped up to the task. “Being a part of this event was amazing,” says Wilhelm. “We did what needed to be done to help the attendees feel welcome, at home, safe, included, and valued, and to help ensure the Gathering ran smoothly.”

—Story by Jessica Evans


Volunteers Ruth Friesen, left, and Paul Bergen are hard at work at the hospitality desk at ‘We Declare: Gathering 2022’ in Edmonton. (Photo by Jessica Evans)

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