Pat Quan, our Super Volunteer
It's been a remarkable year at Artists for Kids. We needed to extend our gallery days to accommodate the record demand for our teaching exhibit Memory • History • Story. Many of our programs ran at capacity with waiting lists. And the growing enthusiasm and support we've received from parents and teachers have allowed us to bring visual arts education to more young people.
We can only respond to this increase in demand for our offerings with the invaluable support of our volunteers. Through them, we host events, provide educational opportunities and keep the community up-to-date on our activities. It's because of those who give of their time and talent that Artists for Kids has been able to grow and thrive.
Our Super Volunteer, Pat Quan has been a vital part of our organization for 25 years. This week, she retired, leaving us all with a wealth of wonderful memories. Pat began with AFK, then provided key clerical support for the Smith Foundation in its early years. She returned to the Artists for Kids office and became an essential part of our organization.
Pat developed and managed Pat's Appeal, her annual request for support. She also wrote all the personal thank you notes to those who contributed to our organization through donations or through the purchase of a print. She was our contact for volunteers, organizing and managing the teams who helped us with mailings, back when we relied on snail mail for our communications. Pat was also the Sprit of Christmas throughout the month of December. She organized the toy drive not just for AFK but the entire North Vancouver Educational Resources Building. And thanks to her, our coffee cupboard was never empty.
Always smiling, Pat was a voice of our organization with artists, volunteers, teachers and the community. Her and her husband are also generous contributors, supporting our Summer Camp students with bursaries through the Chang Y. Leong Memorial Fund. We are so grateful that Pat entered our lives 25 years ago. It's through the dedication of people like Pat that Artists for Kids, our programs and our students have been able to thrive.
"Pat has been a ray of sunshine in our office for as long as anyone can remember," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. "She has helped out whenever asked, and has been our historian, our archivist of images and our institutional memory. We are so fortunate that she chose us to support. We'll miss her."
Some of our RBC Londsdale volunteers
Other volunteers provide regular and vital assistance. RBC's Lonsdale branch in North Vancouver provides both time and financial support. Led by Lindsay Whitham, each year a group of 6-9 volunteers spend about 20 hours helping us behind the scenes. Whether painting plinths for the recent exhibition, assisting with the installation of art or maintaining our warehouse space, their burst of energy and commitment elevate the work we do. They also donate $1,000 annually to support our programming.
We thank the wealth of others who contribute to our work. We're grateful for all the teachers who attend exhibitions of students' work and support our programs. Our management committee is a team of volunteers who provide their essential expertise and perspective to Artists for Kids. In addition, our staff gives so many additional hours of their time to ensure that our events and activities are a success.
Our organization is so much more than a sum of our parts. The support we receive from those willing to give so generously of their time and talent elevates the training and perspective we are able to provide the next generation. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who contributes to our programs and initiatives. Thank you.