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Shannon Markle | October 3, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Sarah Edgar

“Each time I came home from volunteering my mom would comment on how happy I was and encourage me to try and get a job. I realized she was right, I didn't come home from my job with that kind of passion and enthusiasm.... now I do.” ~ Sarah Edgar

When Sarah Edgar applied to the volunteer team at Idea Exchange, she was coming to dip her toe in the waters and discover what it would be like to be a part of the library. A third year university student at that time, Sarah had decisions to make. Take a year off and work? Pursue an MLIS degree? What to do with her future? How to discover the right path for her?  By the end of her volunteer interview Sarah had been presented with a pleathora of different volunteer opportunities to consider, each pointing at different opportunities and offering different things to try.

Sarah dove right in, taking on Special Events, Visiting Library Service supply volunteering (visiting seniors to bring reading materials) and the Visiting Library Service for Kids program (taking a condensed version of story time to home daycare placements and reaching out to welcome children to the library).

Special Events were enjoyable and Sarah was quickly a favorite VLS volunteer at St. Luke’s Place. Effervescent yet soft-spoken, Sarah’s enthusiasm and energy made an impact on her visits, enough of an impact that others noticed her. But it was in VLS for Kids where Sarah really shone. Being able to go into at-home daycares and read to, sing with and explore with children through story helped Sarah discover her true talents. Sarah loved being with the kids and seeing their progress as the weeks went by.  And the kids loved being with Sarah.

Life moved on. Sarah graduated university. Found a job. Continued to indulge her love of knitting, and reading and dogs. And she continued to volunteer at Idea Exchange, connecting with the community and sharing her time and talent with others, especially the children. Sarah LOVED working with the children. So when a children’s programming position was posted at our Hespeler location this fall, Sarah jumped at the chance – and was the successful candidate.

“Sometimes jobs bring passion while others bring an income.” Sarah reported. “Volunteering gave me the drive to pursue a career in a field I thought I was meant and suited for. Each time I came home from volunteering my mom would comment on how happy I was and encourage me to try and get a job. I realized she was right, I didn't come home from my job with that kind of passion and enthusiasm...Now I do.”

After several years of working in the Children's department, Sarah chose to up the anti again, and began her Masters In Library & Information Science degree. Fast forward to fall 2017, and Sarah Edgar has now completed her MLIS, and is on her way to long career as a librarian. And we couldn't be more proud! Congratulations Sarah! And thank you for being such a great part of the Idea Exchange Team!