February 19, 2014

I Volunteer

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Posted by Mary , , , , 2 comments
One thing I've always wanted to do and is an item on my bucket list is to volunteer for a non-profit organization. Strangely, and for reasons unknown to me, I was never able to do it in the Philippines. Recently, I was able to volunteer for a local animal rescue society.

Hope Lives Here Animal Rescue Society is an amazing rescue organization in Central Alberta. Over the holidays, they needed a graphic designer.  Having some designing capabilities, I jumped at the opportunity to help out. Here are some of the designs I came up with:

Designing does not come easy for me. I also know I'm not very good at it. I feel that my design process is forced and I have to squeeze out the results. Unlike my former classmate and colleague, Kat Michelle, who is an amazing graphic artist, I don't feel like I have the artistic talent at all, but is just someone who knows how to use the Adobe Creative Suite more than others. Nevertheless, designing makes me really happy. There's nothing like the joy you feel at having come up with something (somewhat) beautiful. To be able to use it for a greater good is even better.


  1. I feel totally the same way when I'm playing around with InDesign! I'm completely self-taught, so it takes me a long time to do anything (and usually it's not that good), but I love the feeling of being able to create something and develop my skills in an area other than writing. Love your designs for HLH! And if you're ever looking for more volunteer opportunities, I'm on the Board at Volunteer Red Deer, and we could always use an extra hand!

    1. Oh my gosh, yes! I am definitely looking for more volunteer opportunities. :)