May 2017 Volunteer Spotlight

By Paige Mackey ● May 25, 2017 12:30


CFC’s productions and events would not be possible without the tremendous hard work from our volunteers. We thank you for all that you do. In this edition of CFC’s Volunteer Spotlight, we highlight two of our amazing event volunteers — John Anderson and Lindy King. Both John and Lindy were an integral part of raising funds for the CFC through our raffle at the Annual Gala & Auction, held at the Ritz Carlton in February 2017. We spoke with them both about how they got involved in volunteering for the CFC and why it is important to them.


JOHN ANDERSON


When and how did you become interested in volunteering?
I am entering my retirement and looking for something to do for my community.

How did you first become involved with the CFC?
I got involved with the Hot Docs film festival, and they referred me to you.

What was your favourite part of the CFC Annual Gala & Auction?
I loved the dinner that was provided, and the interaction with your staff and guests.

What advice would you give to someone looking to volunteer for CFC events?
For the new volunteer, especially those who are afraid to ask people for money, as I know some were: relax and have fun. Most of them know it is a fundraiser.

What are some of your other interests?
Most of my interests lie in my church and the arts community. When I have time to myself, camping and nature hikes fill my time. Gonna start traveling soon.

What is your favourite way to spend Sunday afternoons?
Sunday afternoons are for my family.

What is your all-time favourite film?
My favourite films are Easy Rider, Wild Hogs and Billy Jack.

LINDY KING


When and how did you become interested in volunteering?
During my teaching career with the TDSB, I always supported the arts. So when I retired, I found this to be yet another opportunity to do so in a fun and involved way. Volunteering for me is an opportunity to give, meet new people, and see what is happening in different areas of Toronto.

How did you first become involved with the CFC?
I volunteer for a variety of organizations and the link to the Canadian Film Centre was made through TIFF. I was pleased to be able to welcome the guests on a sun-filled day at the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser at Windfields Estate.

What was your favourite part of the CFC Annual Gala & Auction?
What could be better than enjoying a meal with fellow volunteers at the Ritz Carlton! It was there I partnered up with John, a volunteer I knew from Hot Docs. He gave 100 per cent to the raffle ticket fundraiser, which made for an evening full of activity, laughter and a great opportunity to feel that we as a team made a difference.

What advice would you give to someone looking to volunteer for CFC events?
Bring your heart, enthusiasm and willingness to do your best at each event, as this is what makes the giving rewarding.

What are some of your other interests?
I enjoy viewing all types of films, yoga, travel, gardening, spending time with family and friends and exploring our expansive city.

What is your favourite way to spend Sunday afternoons?
Sunday afternoon is an opportunity to relax, go for a stroll in a local neighbourhood, take in some theatre… It’s a peaceful time.

What is your all-time favourite film?
Crash (2004), because of its fascinating depiction of how lives intersect in ways we would never expect.



If you are interested in joining our amazing group of volunteers, please apply HERE today.


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Paige Mackey

Coordinator, Development and Events