Meet Our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to the Lyceum. They are incredibly generous with their time, helping children with art and writing, organizing the library, creating our window displays, keeping the Lyceum clean, and much more. We are so appreciative that each one of our volunteers has chosen to share their time, passion, and abilities with us.

A few members of our fantastic team are featured below so you can get to know them!

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Navya Gadhiraju

Navya is a grade 10 student, currently attending Prince Of Wales Mini School. She has been with the Lyceum for ten years, starting as a student in our Writers’ Workshops and she has been volunteering for 4 years. She loves Kitsilano, spending time with her family, both in India and Canada, as well as writing and working with kids! She believes that volunteering at the Lyceum has been a fantastic experience and feels that she has been able to change and learn so much from the students at the lyceum. She looks forward to growing with the Lyceum by sharing her experiences with others and helping fellow students through their literary journey. She hopes to always be part of our community!

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Juliette Levy-Gay

Now in grade 10 at West Point Grey Academy, Juliette has been involved with the Lyceum in some form or another since before she can remember. She loves everything about it: the atmosphere, the sense of community, and the experience she has gained from growing up there. Alongside writing and arts and crafts, Juliette loves to spend time with her friends and cats, enjoy the outdoors, and go thrift shopping! She is looking forward to another year as a volunteer to connect with students, hoping they grow to love the Lyceum as much as she does.

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Jonah Leibu

Jonah was born in San Fransisco, and has grown up first in Vancouver and then in Toronto. He has been volunteering at the Lyceum for two years after returning to Vancouver. He is participating in the DP program at Stratford Hall. Jonah’s hobbies include walking, biking, playing board games, and reading. In the future he hopes to attend university and study History or English.

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Sabrina Durmaz

Sabrina is a grade 12 student who has loved reading, writing, and art since she was little. Her passion in these areas bloomed when she went to book clubs, workshops, and summer camps at the Lyceum starting at the age of three. When she was young, the Lyceum taught Sabrina the magic of books and imagination and she is excited to help create that experience for kids today. In her free time, she also likes hiking, playing with animals, and spending time with family and friends.

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Layla Veeravagu

Layla has been part of the Lyceum community since she was young and has participated in camps and classes. Throughout the years she has developed a love for the Lyceum and the people there. From painting with mixed-media to weaving or reading, art is one of her favourite ways of expression. Layla is always eager to work with children and creativity and is thrilled to be part of the Lyceum team!

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Sofia Gonzalez

Sofia is a Grade 12 student currently attending the Lord Byng Secondary School Arts Mini Program. She has volunteered with Pacific Spirit United Church and the soccer program FreeKick, and has loved getting to know everyone at the Lyceum. Sofia enjoys books, art, playing sports, and learning languages. She is an avid Harry Potter and Beatles fan. 

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Benny Cowling

Benny is a Grade 12 student at St John's School. She is new to Vancouver and her previous volunteering experience has been working with grade 3-5 students when she was in the UK, supporting them with classroom activities. During her free time, you can find her curled up on the sofa reading books for hours or you can find her in the kitchen taking on a new baking challenge. Benny is really excited to get to know and be a part of the Lyceum community, where she hopes to share her passions for reading and creative writing with others who are just as passionate.

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Isabella Widjojo

Isabella is currently a grade 11 student at Little Flower Academy. From discovering the beloved world of reading in pre-school to writing her first story in second grade, Isabella's life has constantly revolved around literature. Completely enamoured with the world of arts, she is presently working on her first full-length novel and is hoping to pursue a degree in English literature. When she's not reading or writing, Isabella enjoys eating lots of ice cream, recommending far too many books to her peers, and spending plenty of time with her friends. She is so excited to be joining the volunteer team at Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art and looks forward to meeting you all! 

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Ruby Harris

Ruby is a grade eleven student who has been with the Lyceum for almost three years. She goes to the Lyceum knowing that it is a place she can grow as a writer and eat delicious snacks. Her favourite volunteer experience has been painting pots for a Lyceum fundraiser. It was a perfect win-win situation: she got to paint, something she loves to do, and help a place that has aided her writing. She always associates the Lyceum with good memories. When Ruby isn't writing, she is playing soccer, reading, or cooking for her family.

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Elaine Yang

Elaine is currently in grade 12 at Lord Byng Secondary. She has been in Vancouver for more than five years, but is new to the Lyceum. Sharing her literary and artistic interests with the younger students has been a wonderful experience and she has learned much in her first weeks here. In addition to art and literature, Elaine enjoys playing music, programming, and the occasional game of Dungeons and Dragons. She is hoping to study Computer Science or English in university.

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This could be you!

Interested in joining our team? 

 

Send an email to lyceum@christiannehayward.com telling us a little about yourself and when you are available. Make sure to attach a completed Volunteer Registration Form.

 

We'll work with you to try and find the most meaningful volunteer experience.