Tell us a bit about yourself!
I retired 8 years ago from my work as a preschool teacher for children with disabilities with a not-for-profit agency. I have 2 daughters and a grandson. I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, reading, and crafts. I have been very fortunate in my life and have received support when I needed it, so I am very happy to be able to help out now when I can.
How did you come to volunteer at YESS?
I have been a long-time donor because I believe it is so important to help the youth who need it. I live near the Armoury and about six years ago I would walk past and notice the flower beds needed some attention. I first started volunteering in the summer weeding the flower beds. In the fall when that ended I asked about a volunteer activity for the winter and organizing the pantry was suggested.
In what capacity do you volunteer at YESS?
Now I organize the pantry, all the canned and dry goods donations that come in. It is a perfect volunteer activity for me as I was looking for something requiring physical activity, that was in my community and supported a cause I believe in. The kitchen staff are wonderful and I am glad to be able to help them provide healthy nutritious meals for the youth and make the most of the generous donations.
What is one thing you wish the community knew about YESS youth?
I wish people saw how much potential the youth have, potential that might be wasted without the support of YESS.