Transcript: Bloorview | Nov 10, 2002

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A capital V letter rotates inside a bold silver circle in the middle of the screen. A series of images show girls and boys talking to a homeless man, feeding an elderly woman, helping a little girl get into a pool, walking a dog, taking care of a rabbit, instructing an old man on how to use a computer and walking in line as they speak. The title appears on screen: “V Circle. Teens who volunteer.”

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A series of images show teenage girls teaching little kids how to swim.

A slate on screen introduces Katie, 19 years old, who volunteers at the Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre. She has long dark brown hair tied up in a bun and wears a plain brown T-shirt and pearl earrings.

Katie says
HI, I VOLUNTEER AT
BLOORVIEW MACMILLAN
CHILDREN'S CENTRE IN
THE AQUATICS PROGRAM.
I HELP THE INSTRUCTORS BY
PROVIDING ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT
FOR KIDS WHO HAVE
DISABILITIES OR SPECIAL NEEDS.
I REALLY ENJOY WORKING
WITH CHILDREN, AS WELL,
I REALLY LIKE THE WATER.
SO IT SEEMED TO
BE A NATURAL FIT.

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In the water, Katie holds a little kid who yells THIS IS FUN!

Katie says
THE KIDS HAVE A GREAT TIME
WHEN THEY'RE SWIMMING.
THEY LOVE GETTING WET AND
SPLASHING AROUND AND
SPLASHING THE INSTRUCTORS.
DURING THE CLASSES WE
WORK ON FLOATING,
GLIDING, JUMPING IN,
RETRIEVING OBJECTS
FROM THE BOTTOM
OF THE POOL.
JUST BASIC SWIMMING SKILLS.

As she speaks, a series of images show her playing with the kids in and out of the swimming pool.

Katie continues
I TRY TO ENCOURAGE THE
CHILDREN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
I MEAN, SOMETIMES THEY CAN'T
GET A SKILL, BUT THEY TRIED
OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND
WHEN THEY DO ACCOMPLISH IT
THEY FEEL REALLY GOOD.
IT DOES SOMETIMES GET
FRUSTRATING BECAUSE
YOU KNOW THAT ONE DAY
IT'S JUST GOING TO CLICK,
BUT IT JUST TAKES TIME.
AND I'VE REALLY
LEARNED TO BE PATIENT.

Katie sings to the little kids as they play inside the pool.

The lyrics go
THEY SPLASHED THEM
TO THE RIGHT,
HE SPLASHED THEM ALL
AROUND THE POOL
AND THEN THEY'RE
OUT OF SIGHT.

Katie continues
I FEEL THAT I'VE DEVELOPED
A BOND WITH THE CHILDREN
THAT I WORK WITH.
SOME OF THEM I'VE WORKED WITH
FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW,
AND I'VE REALLY BEEN ABLE
TO SEE THEIR PROGRESS
FROM THE BEGINNING TO NOW.
AND THEY'VE REALLY COME
A LONG WAY IN THEIR
SWIMMING ABILITIES.
SOME OF THE COMMUNICATION
THAT I USED WITH THE KIDS,
THEY DON'T COMMUNICATE IN
THE CONVENTIONAL WAY THAT
MOST OF US DO, SO I'VE LEARNED
HOW TO COMMUNICATE BETTER.
I'VE, AS WELL, JUST GAINED
SKILLS WORKING WITH
PEOPLE AND KIDS AND TEACHING
THINGS IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

New images show Katie and the kids trying new exercises.

Katie continues
I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR
TEENAGERS TO VOLUNTEER
IN THEIR COMMUNITY JUST
BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY
NEEDS THAT NEED TO BE MET
THAT ORGANIZATIONS DON'T
ALWAYS HAVE THE RESOURCES
TO PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES.
AND, AS WELL, IT'S A GREAT
EXPERIENCE FOR ANYONE, TOO.
THEY'RE HELPING OUT,
BUT THEY ALSO GET
SO MUCH IN RETURN.
WHETHER IT BE SKILLS THEY
CAN USE IN PART-TIME JOBS
OR THINGS THEY CAN PUT ON
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
FOR UNIVERSITY AND SKILLS
THEY COULD LEARN FOR
POTENTIAL CAREERS
IN THE FUTURE.

The song continues and the lyrics go
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS
GO ROUND AND ROUND
ALL THROUGH THE TOWN.

Katie says
I HOPE THAT THE KIDS AT
LEAST LEARN SOME SKILLS
IN THE WATER.
THAT THEY FEEL
COMFORTABLE IN THE WATER.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, I THINK
THAT THEY'VE HAD FUN
DOING IT.
IF THEY HAVEN'T MASTERED
ALL THE SKILLS,
THAT'S NOT THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING.
BUT IF THEY ARE FEELING
MORE CONFIDENT IN THE WATER
THEN THAT'S ALL YOU
CAN REALLY HOPE FOR.

Katie walks a little girl to her mother who’s standing out of the pool.

The Mother says
THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, KATIE.

The Little Kid says
BYE.

Katie says
I HOPE THAT I AM MAKING
A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES
OF THESE KIDS.
IF THEY GAIN ANY SKILLS OR
EVEN JUST ENJOY THEMSELVES
IN THE PROCESS, THEN I
THINK THAT I'M HELPING THEM.

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The end credits roll.

A production of TVOntario.

The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, 2002.

Watch: Bloorview