Volunteer Spotlight – Verna Keller

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Verna is no stranger to volunteering. Before she started to volunteer with our program, Verna volunteered with the now defunct Theatre & Company in Kitchener. She worked there with one of our past volunteers, Pat Pollard, who sadly passed away in January 2009. Luckily, Pat told Verna about our program, and we’ve had Verna on board with us ever since!

Why is volunteering important to you?

“It’s a very good way to learn new skills,  meet people, and to get to know your community.”

You mentioned that you have done a lot of volunteering over the years and continue to do so now… How do you fit in the time to volunteer for our program and other programs?

“I do what I feel is important.  Volunteering and meeting new people energizes me, so I continue to seek out new opportunities.”

How has volunteering  made an impact in your life?

It provides variety… I’ve learned about different diets. Also it made me realize that no matter how bad of a day you think you’re having, there are others experiencing worse.”

What are your interests/hobbies when you are not working?

“I enjoy special event planning and gardening.”

What are you growing this year?

Berries and flowers.”

Any plans for the summer?

“No plans, but I’m always planning something.”

Four years and 825 volunteer hours later, Verna continues to come once a week to pack hampers. We look forward to Verna’s shift;  she will keep you in stitches with her jokes, plus her laugh infects the warehouse with fun! Lastly, her thoughtfulness stands out, as she always ensures that our clients get what they need in their food hampers… Thanks Verna!

 

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