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Volunteer of the Month

At every event our vigilant Team Leaders will be searching for their nomination for Volunteer of the Month, and every month we will choose one. All they are looking for in a nominee is a positive attitude, commitment to the cause and of course, a smile! Meet members, past and present who have proven to come to our events with bundles of energy, willing to do anything needed to help!

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Volunteers of the Month (2014 - 2013)

VOTM December 2014

Who will it be?

Who will it be?

Will you become the Volunteer of the Month December 2014?! :)

VOTM November 2014

Lukas Schirmer

Lukas Schirmer

There aren’t many student volunteers like Lukas, which is why there was no question as to him being selected Volunteer of the Month for November when his nomination was put forward. Not only has Lukas accumulated a lot of hours in his short time with us, but he is calm and mature in how he goes about his duties, making him a great asset to his team. He is even willing to take 2 hour bus rides from Bur Dubai all the way into the middle of the desert in the very early hours of the morning to reach a volunteering event on time. Now that is serious commitment! Well done Lukas, we hope you continue to be the great role model that you are for all our other student volunteers!

VOTM October 2014

Abdulrahman Al-Bakri

Abdulrahman Al-Bakri

Abdulrahman, our Volunteer of the Month for October, is one of the youngest and most committed volunteers at SCADS. He is always among the first to arrive at the shelter to walk, exercise and cuddle the bigger or more difficult dogs, and is an invaluable asset when it comes to helping with adoptions at the shelter when the team is away at other events on Fridays. He is patient with visitors and children at SCADs, and his maturity and growth have really impressed the team. He is among the first to be called with new animal shelter projects and he has always turned up, even at short notice. He truly does set a great example and we are so proud of him!

VOTM September 2014

Mina Zarif

Mina Zarif

Mina only joined the Volunteer in UAE team a short time ago, but has quickly made his presence felt and earned the nomination of Volunteer of the Month for September from his team leaders. No task is too menial or too difficult for him. At any given SCADS event, you will find him bathing dogs, deticking them, or simply filling water bowls or cleaning the doggie splash pools - all with a smile on his face. A dedicated volunteer, he was also instrumental in helping retrieve a dog when it got loose at a recent event and knows how to calm anxious dogs. He is a valuable addition to the VIUAE family - keep up the great work, Mina!

VOTM August 2014

Kiran Kor

Kiran Kor

Our Volunteer of the Month for August goes to the wonderful Kiran Kor. Reliable and responsible, Kiran is a firm fixture in our MeCats Event every Friday. Always eager to help and ready for the event, she helps thoroughly clean the shelter, cares for the kitties and even helps put the new volunteers through their paces. Kiran shows her dedication to the cause by turning up every weekend and staying after cleaning to give the cats and kitties some friendly hugs and kisses. Kiran may seem quiet and reserved but she’s a real devil with the mop and bucket! We are so happy Kiran chooses to spend her free time with us :)

VOTM July 2014

Dhana Krishnan

Dhana Krishnan

The Volunteer of the Month for July goes to our lovely Dhana who has been with us for a few years now, and has grown to become an indispensable part of the Action for Animals team. She can always be trusted to put the safety of the dogs and the volunteers first, and goes above and beyond her role as team leader - from buying tweezers and gloves and other supplies without being asked, to driving the shelter's municipality truck to transport dogs to adoption events! She is extremely likeable, trustworthy, dependable and well respected by volunteers. We are so lucky to have her on our team and grateful for her dedication!

VOTM June 2014

Marlyn Cruz

Marlyn Cruz

Marlyn is a bubbly and friendly lady who is a dedicated regular volunteer at the bi-monthly Blood Bank UAE events, making her the Volunteer of the Month for June. She can always be counted on to take accurate registration data for those wishing to donate blood and has been a great help in making the project grow. She is there at every event supporting her team leader to ensure everything goes smoothly and all information is well documented to use for future use. Although she may appear to be very quiet, she is always very welcoming to everyone that she meets. Thank you for all your hard work Marlyn :)

VOTM May 2014

Marielle Zerrah Lim

Marielle Zerrah Lim

Marielle is extremely hard working at MECATS and always gives 100%, earning her the nomination of Volunteer of the Month for May. You can always guarantee that the walls at MECats will be sparkling and like brand new once Marielle, armed with her washing solution and sponge, has spent time on them. She is a fond regular at events including SCADS and other Action for Animal events, volunteering tirelessly every weekend. Marielle bonds well with the everyone and contributes great energy to the team. Thank you Marielle for your commitment and dedication - keep up the great work.

VOTM April 2014

Kerry Scott

Kerry Scott

The Volunteer of the Month for April goes to the wonderful Kerry Scott! With several nominations from her team leaders, Kerry has gained her recognition for her outstanding work at our weekly MECats of Mirdif Shelter events. Since joining us in January, Kerry has been to nearly every event at the cat shelter showing great dedication to this cause. She is always willing to get her hands dirty if needed like a true Northern lass! Kerry has recently become a team leader herself, and has already shown her mettle even in the face of some tough events! It is reliable volunteers like Kerry that keep our projects running strong. Keep it up, Kerry! :)

VOTM March 2014

Mei Yan

Mei Yan

The volunteer of the month for March goes to the lovely Mei Yan, aka Mak Mak! As a mother herself, it is no surprise that she is one of our most active volunteers with special needs children at both Funday Sunday and Rashid Paediatric Centre. Her reliability and genuine love for the causes she supports makes her a great role model for all future volunteers. We admire how much she encourages her children to volunteer as well, contributing to our next generation of humanitarians. Mei Yan is also one of our first volunteers to be part of one our newest projects, Volunteer Vigils. Well done, Mak Mak!

VOTM February 2014

Mamdouh El Naggar

Mamdouh El Naggar

Over the course of this month, Mamdouh has made great contributions to VIUAE, particularly to our ME Cats project. In addition to his tireless work ethic, the most impressive qualities Mamdouh displays are his willingness to work wherever he is needed, and his creativity. Mamdouh accepts any job without complaint, which is a quality that indicates true dedication to the cause. His creativity makes him a great person to ask for ideas when things don't go as planned. However, being as soft-spoken as he is, you will have to go out of your way to make sure he is heard! Keep it up, Mamdouh :)

VOTM January 2014

Shirley Thomas

Shirley Thomas

Shirley Thomas joined the Volunteer in UAE family last October, but since then has become a member that we all value and appreciate very much, and we are proud to have her as Volunteer of the Month for January. What we love most about Shirley is her calm and peaceful nature that she brings to events and how she will do anything for a good cause. In other circumstances, her efforts may not be noticed due to her quiet nature, but here at VIUAE nothing goes unnoticed. Her team leaders have always commented on the extensive effort she puts in at each event and her dedication and focus to the task. Thank you Shirley, for your wonderful commitment and love for the cause!

VOTM December 2013

Mouna Al Kabt

Mouna Al Kabt

Mouna Al Kabt has truly shown over the time she has been with us what it means to be committed to a cause, and her passion and dedication has led her to being Volunteer of the Month for December. She is willing to help any cause that needs support whether it be special needs children at Funday Sunday or puppies at our Action for Animals events. She even calls us before events begin to see if we are short of people in case she can come to help out. Well done, Mouna, keep it up :)

VOTM November 2013

Kelvin Wilson

Kelvin Wilson

Kelvin Wilson only joined us in Sept 2013, just four months before his nomination, but in that time he has proved to be an extremely committed and hardworking volunteer, earning him the recognition of Volunteer of the Month! In the month of November he attended the most amount of events including the Pink Walkathon, Helping Hands and Action for Animals events on Friday mornings. He was also part of the spectacular team of volunteers who supported the Haiyan Relief Campaign event. Kelvin has been praised by his team leaders for always coming to events with a great attitude. We are so happy to have you on our team, Kelvin!! :)

VOTM October 2013

Karla McCloy

Karla McCloy

October being breast cancer awareness month brought a great number of events with nearly 700 volunteering opportunities, which is why Karla McCloy well deserves Volunteer of the Month for her great commitment to Volunteer in UAE. She attended the most number of events, supporting Helping Hands, Funday Sunday, SCADS as well as breast cancer awareness initiatives. We are so grateful for her dedication....thank you, Karla! :)

VOTM September 2013

Kamran Ahmed

Kamran Ahmed

The Volunteer of the Month for September goes to one our most dedicated members, Kamran Ahmed! Since joining Volunteer in UAE at the end of last year, Kamran has shown an incredible passion to volunteering, especially to our Helping Hands events. Since March, he has spent over 40 evenings at Senses Residential Care Home ironing clothes for the children staying there. Kamran's dedication to Helping Hands extends to many of our other projects and we are very grateful for his support :)

VOTM August 2013

Bala Pappu

Bala Pappu

Bala Pappu joined VIU just six months ago but has marched his way through our events with great commitment and positive attitude which resulted in being chosen as Volunteer of the Month for August! Bala has shown a sincere dedication to our events such as Helping Hands and last month to our Freej and Karama Kanteen events. He always brings great energy with him and even doubles up as our event photographer. Check out our Karama Kanteen photos that he took to see some of his awesome work...keep it up Bala!

VOTM July 2013

Ernest Parco

Ernest Parco

The Volunteer of the Month for July goes to our forever smiling and warm hearted, Ernest Parco! Ernest has shown an extraordinary commitment to the FREEJ events taking place at DWTC this summer. His fun personality and great efforts has made him stand out this month as a truly remarkable volunteer. Anyone who has ever met Ernest knows that he never turns up to an event without his big smile and positive attitude which puts the whole team in a great mood and ready to serve the cause at hand!

VOTM June 2013

Diem Nguyen

Diem Nguyen

The month of June brought Volunteer in UAE a great number of events, and one special volunteer received three nominations for Volunteer of the Month from 3 different Team Leaders. The Volunteer of the Month for June goes to none other than the lovely Diem! With nominations from Helping Hands, Pass the Glass and the events at the FREEJ Village, Diem has been spotted working diligently at the task at hand and always with a smile on her face. Her team leaders have described her as attentive, hard working and committed to the cause. Diem joined Volunteer in UAE just last month in May, but has quickly learned the ropes and we are so grateful to have her on board with us!

VOTM May 2013

Sigita Kalnina

Sigita Kalnina

Sigita Kalnina was nominated several times this month and has well deserved her recognition as Volunteer of the Month for May! As a regular volunteer at Funday Sunday, Sigita patiently took responsibility of a young girl named Zizi and lovingly found ways to help Zizi relax and paid close attention to what comforted her to ensure a fun time at VOX Cinemas. In addition, Sigita has been nominated for her outstanding efforts at our Blood Bank this month and her team leader found her passion to help others and encourage donors to donate absolutely incredible. Well done Sigita, keep up the great work :)

VOTM April 2013

Jaseel Ahmed

Jaseel Ahmed

Our star for the month of April is none other than Jaseel Ahmed! Being a significant contributor to the success of our second Elite Event, the Dubai Comic Con 2013, Jaseel was nominated 3 times solely from the event, and received special mention from the event organisers during feedback. He worked a solid 13 hours, covering both shifts on the first day – and did so with energy and enthusiasm all the way to the end. A stellar example of ‘It’s not just quantity, but quality too!’ – Well done Jaseel!

VOTM March 2013

Hassan Bagaber

Hassan Bagaber

Without any question our Volunteer of the Month for March is Hassan Bagaber because of the professionalism and grace he displayed when at a recent Elite Event, when a member of the public accidently spilled a beverage over his national dress. He handled the situation with great spirit and put the cause he was serving and the job he was doing before his own needs. A true volunteer who has proven without any doubt, that he definitely deserves his place on the Elite Event Team. Chapeau Mr. Bagaber :)

VOTM February 2013

Mahmoud Jawad

Mahmoud Jawad

Mahmoud Jawad, fondly nicknamed as "Hercules" by the VIUAE family, was nominated and chosen as Volunteer of the Month for February by his team leaders for his outstanding efforts at the Swim Around the Burj, the Maria Cristina Foundation Flea Market and his continuous support in our Braille Books for Blind project. He not only has the physical strength of two people, but has a very kind and thoughtful heart. At the Swim Around the Burj he assisted a disabled man as he amazed the supporters by completing the challenge. His dedication, commitment and positive attitude made Mahmoud a vital member of the team for all these events. Well done Mahmoud!

VOTM January 2013

Manal Farhat

Manal Farhat

Our very first Volunteer of the Month award for February 2013 goes to the lovely Manal Farhat. Manal got up bright and early at 5am on February 1st to volunteer at the MSF Swim Around the Burj, an event all our volunteers look forward to. Shortly after she arrived, there was a family who were taking part in the event but unfortunately didn't realize that their beautiful dog wouldn't be allowed on the beach. Manal kindly offered to stay with the dog the entire morning and looked after her so that the family could enjoy the event. She sadly missed out on the event going on at the beach, but had smiles on her face the entire time :)

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