Hi! My name is Sian and I've been a volunteer here at Nova's Ark since the spring of this year. working mainly with the co-op students who are brought on to look after the animals as part of their college or high school work programs.
To give you an idea of my background so you better understand why at my age I would have chosen to spend my time here, horse riding was my passion when I was growing up. I spent 14 years riding, competing and coaching as well as working weekends as a stable hand. I've always had pets from fish to guinea pigs to rabbits to cats to dogs and yes, horses. I currently foster cats and kittens until they find their forever homes.
I'm the the proud mother of a daughter who has followed in my horsey footprints.
After leaving the horsey world, I put in over 25 years in the corporate world without much time for anything else. Upon departing that life, I had the opportunity to look at what I really wanted to do with my time and decided it was time to give back to the world and its people by volunteering my time.
Nova's Ark provided me the perfect opportunity to not only surround myself with a variety of amazing animals which I could communicate with, care for, and touch but also the honour of being around children, youth and adults of varied abilities. The environment I find for the most part very soothing and I'm proud to be part of Nova's Ark product offering, for it is run by an incredible team of volunteers, facilitators, placement students and of course Mary-Ann herself at the helm.
I know that my efforts here are appreciated and the outcome of my experiences are that I go home appreciating more than ever what I have.
Nova's Ark and its wonderful workers, guests and animals have taught me a great deal about myself and provided me with a happy place to spend my time. My life has been forever changed by having the honour of volunteering at Nova's Ark.