Cheryl Menezes has always been fascinated with robots and science, so she channeled that love of STEM into volunteerism for goIT. Here’s what she had to say about her experience.
Q: What initially got you interested in volunteering for goIT?
A: I spend most of my personal time volunteering actively with few charitable organizations in Canada and overseas in Animal Protection & Welfare, Homelessness and Senior Welfare initiatives. Additionally, I have always loved working with education, so when I heard about goIT, I wanted to be involved.
Q: Tell us about your most recent volunteer experience
A: The most recent was a virtual judge for High School goIT Projects. I am in awe of these young minds that are able to absorb some of the pressing problems and reality of their times. They are making the right strides in laying foundations to tackle these for a better future for all.
Q: Describe one of the most impactful events you witnessed during your goIT experience
A: If I were to single one, I would say working on an app with a kindergarten class. They were just beginning their journey, but put together great ideas, thoughts and used design thinking to win a prize. Their presentation, including the props, dialogue, delivery and the actual concept, was commendable.
Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for the goIT program?
A: I would say that volunteering for the goIT Program is a win-win, where you are contributing to an important need for education and also learning from the students. I have learned the value of design thinking, as well as developed better communication, presentation, and people skills from my volunteering experiences with different age groups.
Q: Why is volunteering important to you?
A: Volunteering with goIT is important to me because it offers me the opportunity to contribute to education, which is the best weapon for communication and progress, whether professionally or personally. goIT builds and consistently strengthens the foundation of communities, through empowerment of individuals.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: Every human being is capable of volunteering. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, but they have the Heart.”