Hi everyone! My name is Niki Lefebvre and I volunteer as the soccer director for our community. I am a mother of three girls (5, 9 and 11) and I enjoy running, walking my chocolate lab (Hank), and reading. I have lived in Strathearn with my husband and girls for 11 years.
When and why did you get involved with the community league?
I am new to this role [of soccer director], which I began at the beginning of 2016, so I have now had one full outdoor and indoor season under my belt. I decided to take on this role as I wanted to do something to contribute to our awesome community, and since our family enjoyed the soccer program so much, I figured it was a good fit for me.
What is your favourite Strathearn event?
My favourite event is the Strathearn Art Walk. I love the beautiful setting of the green space on Strathearn Drive with the backdrop of the downtown city line. There are so many great exhibits and there is something for all age groups.
What is your favourite volunteer role in the community?
One of my favourite volunteer roles for the community has been coordinating and cooking the food for the art walk for the last three years. I love the sense of community when several women in Strathearn fire up their crockpots to cook off our famous pulled pork.
What tips can you offer for the outdoor soccer season?
- It’s a busy and intense time, but it’s short lived so try to put the household chores on the back burner for a few weeks and just enjoy getting out, basking in the sunshine and chatting with your neighbours.
- Crockpot dinners are a lifesaver for soccer game days when you need to get out of the house early for a game.
- Be prepared to play rain or shine. The only time a game is cancelled is if there is a thunderstorm, and the ref makes the call.
- Take a moment to let your coaches know how much you appreciate them! We simply would not have a soccer program without these people giving of their time.
What would you tell a prospective volunteer?
- Even giving a couple of hours of your time is helpful.
- Community events cannot happen without people willing to volunteer.
- It’s an awesome feeling to get to know more people in your community. It makes it feel like home!