Carolyn Prouse and Mark Stoller

Carolyn Prouse_Mark StollerName: Carolyn Prouse and Mark Stoller

Committee: Gate (Coordinators)

Number of years volunteering: 1

 

Carolyn:

What memory stands out most when you think of your time at the Festival?

It’s hard to isolate one memory. Our committee had to overcome some unanticipated re-structuring, and everyone really came together as a team. What stands out to me are the moments that people stepped up – agreeing to take on more leadership positions, helping with a task they didn’t know they’d be doing, and accomplishing all this with enthusiasm. I am really proud of our team!

Why do you volunteer for the Festival? What inspires you?

Having so many people coming together to help organize a large festival is really a rather incredible thing. The dedication of staff and volunteers is remarkable.

What’s your favourite part of the Festival?

Music, food, and all-round folkiness! People in general are really glad to be at the festival, which is fun to be a part of.

What advice would you give to new volunteers?

Wear sunscreen, be flexible, and have fun!

 

Mark:

What memory stands out most when you think of your time at the Festival?

I joined festival activities without any real sense of what to expect. I’d never attended the festival before, so everything was new. That probably served me well, in retrospect – I suppose I was prepared for anything! But having now seen the whole festival, from gates open on Friday to close on Sunday, the thing that has stayed with me most was that feeling of being a part of a team, of contributing to something. I saw a lot of great acts, and I’ve bought a bunch of albums by artists I’d never heard of before, but the experience of working with others throughout the weekend, the memories of that, is the greatest reminder of how it actually felt to be there. I was lucky to work with so many great people, to have access to the festival in a way that made me really appreciate what goes into bringing it all together. I think that stands out the most for me, and is the main reason I’ll volunteer again in the future.