I get emotional with alot of the volunteer work I do. One big event that my sister, a work colleague and I do every 2 years is a Community Christmas Dinner on Dec.25. Our target guests are the less fortunate, homeless, low income, lonely and elderly. We get an outpour of support from a large amount of our community businesses and local citizens. Xmas 2019 we had almost 350 people attend (approx 50 volunteers joined us that day) and was our 3rd event. It is very emotional for me because I know what it is like to struggle as a single mother (my ex was unfortunately consumed with bad things and passed from it. For a few years I had to use resources to get by. Now that I am doing well in life, in my heart it makes me feel like I am giving back to my community and those in need.
I am originally from Parksville. Lived in Port McNeill for 8 years and was a volunteer firefighter/first responder for 6 of those years. I currently live in Port Alberni and absolutely love it here. I have a wonderful partner Nathan (almost 10 years now) and an awesome 18 year old son who just finished college and will start university in September. I am an EMR paramedic (I don't work for ambulance right now though) so alot of my voluteer work consists of safety. I was the Director of Safety for the Sproat Lake Regatta (3 years) and a Director with the Port Alberni Motocross Association (4-5 years) as my son enjoys racing. Aside from volunteer work, I just made another milestone :) I just turned 40 years old in December.
-I would love to be involved with a community group to do fundraising and raise funds to fix up building that would be utilized for our homeless. Having volunteers with all sorts of skill sets for maintanance, food safe, first aid, mental health resources. Just like a lot of places, homelessness is on an increase and would love to see more done in our community to help these people and let them know they are cared for and hopefully give them the will for a second chance with their lives. I would love a big type of music fest with local and out-of-town musicians to raise funds. Can never go wrong with music!