Volunteer Appreciation with Elvan Ozdes

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria strives to build a better community through visual arts. A large part of our mission is to invest in the people of this community, and we hope to do so by creating engaging volunteer opportunities.

“As a recent graduate myself, I understand the importance of volunteering in today’s economic climate. During my undergraduate, I volunteered at the Gallery for three years before becoming a full-time staff member, something I do not think I would have been able to accomplish without my volunteer experience. That being said, I understand the need for volunteer opportunities that build on professional experience and skills that are transferrable into the workforce.” Emma Hamill, Visitor Experience Supervisor

We are building our volunteer program to match these needs. Elvan’s experience at the Gallery detailed below, is a great example of this. We are so pleased to have such dedicated volunteers at the Gallery – they help us in so many ways and continue to enrich every day. The Gallery is a wonderful space to explore, interact, and engage with the arts.  We hope that more folks take advantage of these opportunities and become a part of our community.

Volunteer Appreciation: Elvan Ozdes

  1. How did you first get involved with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria? What attracted you to the Gallery in particular?

I have been volunteering with the Art Gallery Greater Victoria for almost a year now. I first got involved by registering directly from the Gallery website. As a volunteer at the Gallery I feel like I am part of a family. I can easily define what attracted me to the gallery as the welcoming, warm, loving and helpful environment. I feel thankful to have met the wonderful people who work and volunteer at the Gallery.  I have learned so much from the staff and the other volunteers.

  1. How has volunteering at the Gallery impacted your life? What is the most rewarding aspect of volunteering?

As a recent university graduate, I knew that volunteering would give me the opportunity to practice important employable skills, such as; teamwork, communication, problem solving and organization. Dedicating my time as a volunteer helped me make new friends, expand my network, boost my social skills, and gave the opportunity to become a staff member as a Gallery Representative.

  1. What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

It’s a really rewarding experience and also a great way to build skills and work experience. Try it…you will love it!

  1. Do you have an anecdote about the Gallery that really moved you?

The Life with Clay exhibition that is currently being displayed at the Gallery has been a special one for me. The artists, Jan and Helga Grove spent time in my home country, Turkey. During their time there they practiced their trade as well as taught art, embedding themselves within the local history and culture. The fact that they have spent important years of their careers in Turkey has been a conversation starter with the gallery guests and helps make me feel more at home.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact: volunteer@aggv.ca.