Spotlight on Volunteers: Sophie

15 May

At the Museum of Inuit Art, we greatly appreciate the time and effort of our volunteers contribute in ensuring the museum meets its mission and mandate. On any given week, we have approximately thirty volunteers, all of whom come from a variety of backgrounds and are an amazing asset to MIA. We asked some of our volunteers to share their museum experiences with us. First volunteer that we’d like to introduce you to is Sophie. Sophie not only helped out a great deal at the Front Desk but also did translation for our MIA Magazine that came out in January 2012. We’ve included the interview below in English and French as it was translated by Sophie!

Volunteer Sophie in the entrance of the Museum of Inuit Art
Sophie has been volunteering at the Museum since May 2011

Q: How did you first get involved with MIA and what do you like most about volunteering here?

A: I decided to give some of my time to the museum thanks to another volunteer, Juliana that I know outside of MIA who told me how amazing it is to work at the museum. What I love the most is the atmosphere. The staff and the volunteers get along very well, everybody is nice, and the surrounding art is beautiful.

Q: If you could tell our readers something about MIA what would it be?

A: The MIA is a wonderful museum that you cannot ignore. It is a hidden gem in Toronto

Q: Can you tell us about a particularly interesting experience that you’ve had during your time at MIA? 

A: I had the chance to be involved in the first edition of the MIA Magazine as the French Translator. The museum gave me this incredible opportunity to start my translator career and I am very grateful for that.

Q: Quels ont été vos premiers pas envers le musée et que préférez-vous le plus en tant que bénévole?

R: J’ai décidé de devenir bénévole au musée grâce à une autre bénévole, Juliana, que je connais en dehors du musée et qui m’a dit à quel point il est fabuleux de travailler au musée. Ce que je préfère le plus, c’est l’atmosphère. Les employés et les bénévoles s’entendent tous très bien, tout le monde est très gentil et puis l’art qui nous entoure est magnifique.

Q: Si vous pouviez dire quelque chose à nos lecteurs à propos du MAI, de quoi s’agirait-il?

R: Le MAI est un musée merveilleux et surtout incontournable. Il s’agit d’une pierre précieuse de Toronto bien cachée.

Q : Pouvez-vous nous raconter une expérience intéressante en particulier que vous avez vécue au MAI?

R: J’ai eu la chance d’être impliquée dans la première édition du MIA Magazine en tant que traductrice vers le français. Le musée m’a offert cette incroyable opportunité de pouvoir débuter ma carrière et j’en suis très reconnaissante.

Most recently, Sophie had to leave her position at the Front Desk to move to France. From all of us at the Museum we wish her, her husband and doggie all the best in their new life overseas! You’re greatly missed!

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, Development Officer

 

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