“…I actually feel I’m receiving more from volunteering than I am giving!”
Why did you become a Roundhouse Volunteer?
A friend, already a member, encouraged me. At the time I was also volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Society and I felt joining the Roundhouse would be a nice balance.
How much time do you devote to volunteering?
Lately, I have been involved in administrative work with Michelle and also with the programming group, as well as volunteering at various Roundhouse activities. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve volunteered 60 hours.
What has surprised you most about your volunteer experience?
A couple of things: first, that I actually feel I’m receiving more from volunteering than I am giving!
At times I feel it’s a real privilege to be part of the volunteer group. The first time I volunteered was at a Solstice event. I was assisting in the gym where there was a labyrinth designed by paper bags containing candles. When I walked into the darkened room, I was overwhelmed by the glory of the lights and the path they lit and the opportunity to walk the labyrinth by myself. It was a very heartfelt experience.
What would you tell others about becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering is an opportunity to be part of a community of creative and enthusiastic staff who are dedicated to offering programs that bring people together. Roundhouse programs are all very popular. You will never be bored!
I can’t leave out the benefits of volunteering – snack card, free membership and discounts to Roundhouse programs, as well as an evening of appreciation that includes catering and entertainment. Volunteers are very much appreciated and this appreciation is gratefully expressed.
Do you have a hero?
My hero is actually a cousin of mine who turned 97 in September 2012. At 95 she bought her first computer, as she was losing her hearing and having difficulty with phone conversations. I was honoured to teach her how to use email, Skype and the internet and awestruck at her ability to learn so quickly. She is a loving and compassionate human being, not without her physical limitations, but she never lets them get in her way. Even though she is 30 + years my senior, I consider her to be one of my closest friends. When we get together, we laugh; we share stories; and often have very personal conversations. Her motto: “I don’t sweat the small stuff….and it’s all small stuff” attests to her positive outlook on life and enriching attitude.
It’s no wonder why many people are drawn to her, and why she connects so easily with people of all ages. I am blessed to have such an inspirational person in my life.