Edyta Kolodziej,
a born go-between

edytaShe’s a coach with an original career path.Twelve years ago, Edyta Kolodziej’s first steps as a professional led her to Orange Polska, where she worked in the customer service department. A springboard for the physical education graduate, who has been able to conquer all obstacles in her path. Adding a professional coaching certificate to her postgraduate qualification in human resources, she became a trainer. After talking to managers and defining the needs of their teams, she organises group workshops and individual sessions. At the same time, she teaches aspiring coaches. And as all of this wasn’t enough, she also found the time to bear two children. So where does she get the energy to do the voluntary work that earned her such prestige at Orange?

"Volunteering generates so much positive energy"

“On a day-to-day basis, being a mother, a woman and a professional means having to fulfil multiple roles and meet their respective demands, explains the 35 year old fighting force. What I do as an employee volunteer generates so much positive energy that I’m on a high for days afterwards!” The opportunity to perform this kind of work appeared in late 2005, when the Orange Foundation Poland launched the Become a Santa Claus project. “When I imagined, on one hand, a happy family gathering, and, on the other, the suffering and confusion experienced by hospitalised children, I instantly realised that I needed to join the project.” Later on, after renovating a day care room at the hospital in Ciechanow, where she lives, she helped organise events in primary school classes. Within the framework of the Foundation, she seeks grants for projects focusing on the needs of children in her home village.

Edyta loves the people she helps and they definitely love in return. During the courses on Internet safety that she has been giving in schools since 2010, with the tables arranged in a circle, she arranged forty-five minute discussions in which the young students’ attention never faltered for one moment. The teachers even ask her what’s the secret of her success. “Of course, we talk about the risks of putting private data online or sending unpleasant messages. Even if they do have technical skills, children aren’t equipped to deal with the reality of cyber-violence. However I do teach them other things. When we were working in a group session, one of the kids, who was usually very shy, suddenly decided to become a leader”, she says, proudly.

Portrait by Anne-Laure Murier

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