To celebrate Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, we’re sharing stories from our program participants, staff, and volunteers about what makes our House so special.
Here, volunteer and staff member Muthny Chimm explains how she first got involved with our House.
The photo above shows my sister, who worked here before me. She was working with children in the preschool and daycare.
She got married in 1999—I didn’t know she wanted to move away with her husband to Toronto.
But she said to me, “Oh Muthny, you have to go see Sharon and Judy at the House!”
Judy was the director of the preschool at the time. Sharon was an advisor I think.
So I said, “OK”, and I showed Judy and Sharon a picture of when I worked with children in a camp in Thailand.
Everybody here got it. They understood that I wanted to work with children.
So I became a volunteer! I volunteered for the daycare, the preschool, and the family drop in. All of them! I volunteered in the kitchen, I volunteered in the thrift store.
Then after that, I took a part-time job at the House—and after that full time!
I started volunteering in 1999, and I’m still here now!