Cindy's Story: A little volunteering goes a long way

Updated: Sep 15

Cindy is a volunteer Community Peer Advocate in the Community Action Office at The North Grove. Since joining the Community Action office, Cindy has gained useful knowledge in social justice, steadied her voice in advocacy and is feeling more fulfilled in life.

"...actually pretty much every day I get to work a shift in that [community action] office, I leave at the end of the shift and I am so happy and motivated...” -Cindy

As a mum, Cindy likes to spend quality time with her son, Alex. She is a caring person and an active member of the Dartmouth North community. Her hobbies include dancing, photography, snowboarding and mountain biking, although she has been doing them less them because of the pandemic.


Cindy is a volunteer Community Peer Advocate with The North Grove. This is a one year volunteer position that comes with training. Peer Advocates work in the Community Action office and support community members with various needs, co-facilitate workshops, and help with advocacy campaigns. -Like many volunteers, Cindy also participates in some of our programs; she and her son have joined us at family playgroup sessions and community meals. Even when she didn’t have time to volunteering due to parenting demands, she still helped out friends by offering information and connecting them to community resources, including programs and services of The North Grove. When her son was able to join daycare, she found time to volunteer.


Since joining the Community Action office, Cindy has gained useful knowledge in social justice, steadied her voice in advocacy and become more fulfilled in life. “...actually pretty much every day I get to work a shift in that [community action] office, I leave at the end of the shift and I am so happy and motivated...” says Cindy.


She is continuing to learn how to frame social issues, organize for and lead the change she wants to see. Cindy started a Facebook group called Hope for Highfield that highlights the plight of housing in the neighborhood. Members of this group post photos of their not-so-well- maintained apartments. She hopes that the online platform will encourage residents to share and use their stories to seek better housing conditions and accountability for decent living.


Cindy enjoys her time at The North Grove. She feels welcomed in the space and speaks highly of the cool programs, super friendly staff and the awesome people she encounters. She is encouraging people to come into the space and experience the love, whether as a participant, volunteer or both.


You can support programming at The North Grove by going to: thenorthgrove.ca/we-stand-together