Guest Blog: Be A Part of Something Great
By Jacques Gauthier
What makes the Winnipeg Folk Fest happen, year after year, are the volunteers. If you’re not volunteering, you are missing out on the full Folk Fest experience.
You need to participate to really understand what Folk Fest is all about, and volunteering does that for me.
This last July was my third year attending as a volunteer, all with La Cuisine, as a member of the cold storage crew. That’s something I now regret not doing sooner.
This year was especially exciting, as I was able to advance and take over as crew chief. I had never even been to the festival prior to stepping in. Volunteering for me, is much more than the actual daily tasks that need to be done to make sure the festival is a tremendous success. It’s truly about the incredible people that make it all come together. It's like being part of a family of 3000 volunteers whose goals are the same as mine. You may end up tired at the end of the day, but still smiling and happy to have done it.
It is truly like coming home, isn’t it?
Will I go see the shows at Main Stage, and participate in workshops? Sure I will. Will these events be my reason to volunteer? No way! It’s being part of something great and helping people. I can guarantee that if someone asked me to tell them something that stood out about the Folk Fest, I would probably tell them about a shift, or another volunteer that went over and above, like so many of them do.
By the end of Sunday on Folk Fest weekend, I start looking forward to next year’s festival and I will miss the people and the warm energy that I felt while I was there. I classify myself as a Folk Fest lifer now and it will be part of my summer for many years to come.
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