"Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful."
We all have strengths and skills that make us unique. We all have interests and passions that drive us. We all have a desire to combine these and experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from it…
Volunteerism gives many that experience. When you can align your personal beliefs with an organization’s vision and mandate, you have a match made in heaven!
Organizations such as Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC), are only able to exist because of hundreds of passionate and dedicated volunteers who believe in our dream. At VIBC, our vision is to create an inclusive community for all through the celebration and joy of bhangra. Over the last 10 years we have been very fortunate to have had an abundance of amazing volunteers who have connected and committed themselves to this goal.
VIBC creates innovative projects and events to engage the community and create spaces for artists of diverse ethnic backgrounds to share their art forms, create understanding, and bridge cultural gaps.
So…What does this mean?? Good question!
An example is our opening event for the City of Bhangra 2014, TransFusion, on May 29 at Fei & Milton Wong Theatre, SFU Vancouver. This event takes traditional dance moves practiced in bhangra and incorporates them into dance routines by professional performers of Native American dance, Hip Hop, Garba, and Jewish Folk Dance. The innovation and collaboration creates an inspiring piece of Canadian art. It also brings five of these very diverse dance artists and audiences together to celebrate their similarities and embrace the differences. VIBC is very proud of the collaborative work and bridging experiences that are created.
However, none of this would be possible without the hundreds of volunteers that dedicate thousands of hours throughout the year. These volunteers are the backbone of everything we do, and it takes a very special person to want to give their time and energy, and share their skills with a not-for-profit arts organization.
These volunteers appreciate the art form, and the positive social value of the organization, and are working together for a greater good. The extreme demands during our festival time, the deadlines, the sleepless nights and long days are all rewarded with the satisfaction of doing a great job, learning a new skill, working with an amazing team that is VIBC, and being associated with a very successful and respected festival.
Going into City of Bhangra Festival 2014, we at VIBC want to thank everyone who has been involved in our success and are very proud of the VIBC family. We are looking forward to celebrating our 10th Anniversary with everyone involved in the past and present events, and welcoming on board the future volunteers…