Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Ward
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Liberation BC is very lucky to have a wonderful bunch of compassionate, devoted and eager volunteers, so we’ve decided to start interviewing them on our blog! This is our first edition of “Volunteer Spotlight”, and our featured volunteer is Kim Ward.
Kim started volunteering with Liberation BC in February 2012, where she proved herself to be an invaluable addition to our second annual Animal Advocacy Camp volunteer crew. (Note: AAC 2013 is on February 23rd and 24th. Get all the details and register here!) Unfortunately for us–but very fortunately for the animals of Alberta–she’s moving to Calgary this month.
Hometown: Qualicum, BC
How long have you been vegan?
12 years (2 years vegetarian before that). I became vegetarian at age 15 and then vegan at age 17. I became vegan for ethical reasons after receiving literature in the mail from PETA, with the picture of a baby chick getting their beak cut off. That night I refused to eat the roast chicken dinner my mum made.
How long have you been involved in animal rights advocacy, and what made you get involved in the first place?
Knowing that I might have to move to Calgary soon, and lamenting the fact that I had wasted my time in Vancouver by doing nothing in terms of animal rights advocacy! This was about a year and a half ago.
How did you hear about Liberation BC, and what made you decide to start volunteering with us?
I first encountered Liberation BC at a bake sale outside of Nice Shoes a couple of years ago. I brought my friend to the bake sale and we bought some stuff and then left. I remember wishing I was one of the people behind the tables, so that I wouldn’t have to leave!
What sort of volunteer activities have you done with Liberation BC, and what’s your favourite form of outreach?
I have volunteered at bake sales, volunteer nights, at the Walk for Farm Animals (my first leafleting experience! Not as scary as I thought it would be), at Animal Advocacy Camp, the Autumn Shift Festival and at VegFest. I enjoyed all of these experiences, especially the Animal Advocacy Camp. My favourite form of outreach would have to be tabling.
Do you have any particularly fond memories of a specific event, or a great story to share?
I always tell people that the Animal Advocacy Camp was the best conference I’ve ever been to because I was actually looking forward to the lunch instead of dreading it!
What is your full-time job?
I am an elementary school teacher. I am hoping to get a full-time kindergarten job in Calgary, but I haven’t been hired there yet! I worked for the Vancouver and Surrey school boards as a French as a Second Language teacher and as a substitute teacher.
What do you do for fun in your free time?
Eat vegan food at restaurants, bake vegan cupcakes, add to my extensive vegan cookbook collection, watch TV and read.
And lastly, I know that you’re leaving us for Alberta (sniffle) but what is your favourite vegan-friendly store and/or restaurant in Vancouver?
It’s hard to pick a favourite (that’s why I love Vancouver!), but my top ten would include Nice Shoes, Karmavore, Loving Hut, Bandidas Tacqueria, Rhizome, Acorn, Vegan Pizza House, Panz, Baan Wasana, The Wallflower, Fairy Cakes and Edible Flours. Ok, that’s twelve. I could go on…
Thanks, Kim! We’ll miss you here in Vancouver but we know that the animals of Calgary will be better off with you there to stand up for them!