Toronto 2015  Volunteers Newsletter

As promised, all group members were entered into a draw for a chance to win two tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show, KURIOS. Congratulations to winner Norma Nicholson, who attended last week’s show and described the performances and overall experience as “unforgettable!” 

Our volunteers come to us from various backgrounds, unique past experiences and with their own reasons for getting involved with the Games. Get to know Norma by reading this month’s Volunteer Spotlight.

Spotlight on Norma Nicholson

What’s your occupation/day job?

I am a “semi” retired registered nurse who’s worked in a variety of health care settings, including managing health care for children and youth in the largest secure custody facility in Canada. I do not plan to be fully retired due to my volunteer work in the community — educating and mentoring at-risk children, youth and their families. I’ve recently authored and published my first book Young Lives on the Line: You can make a difference. I’m also the executive director of Ignite4Youth, a non-profit organization, and our mission is to educate our society to refrain from judging at-risk youth from their outward appearances.


Why have you decided to volunteer for the TORONTO 2015 Games?

Because I am self-employed, it will be fun to use my nursing skills to assist individuals who may need health care during the Games. I am able to plan my time without having to obtain permission from an employer. I love to meet new folks and interact with a team in delivering health care.


In one sentence, why would you encourage people to apply to be a Games-time volunteer with TO2015?

This is one dynamic way to give back to our country, have fun, meet wonderful athletes and build new skills — especially for young persons who want to enhance their social and caring for people skills.


What are you most looking forward to about the TORONTO 2015 Games?

Seeing our cities and surrounding areas light up with activities; people out and about attending the events, enjoying themselves and welcoming folks to our city; and athletes being proud of their achievements for their countries.


What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Dedicated, compassionate and caring.


What’s your favourite Pan Am or Parapan Am sport?

My favourite Pan Am sport is equestrian. Great outdoors!


What’s your favourite sporting moment in history?

When Usain Bolt set the men’s 100-metre world record.


Do you have any secret skills?

I’m great at being a host!

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