Meet Judy, our Regional Engagement Lead for the North
Judy joined our provincial team in September and is responsible for the recruitment, on-boarding, and continued support of all of our Volunteer Interviewers in Northern BC.
Since the late Summer, Judy has managed to bring on board over 50 volunteers to conduct interviews in the 24 care homes located in various communities in Northern BC.
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
My employment background is in Administrative and HR Management within health care, fundraising, not-for-profit and educational-related publishing and I was drawn to the project because I want to do values-based work with like-minded people. I recently moved from Ontario to British Columbia to be closer to my 86-year-old father and in September I joined the Residential Care Survey project as REL to the North.
Why did you come to this project?
There are a couple of personal experiences I’ve had in my life that attracted me to
apply to be part of this amazing volunteer engagement team. In my late teens, as the last of 4 children to leave the family home, I watched my mother struggle with depression. She began volunteering in a Calgary hospital after spending over 20 years as a homemaker and mother. Observing her mood improve dramatically made a profound impact on me. She was so proud of the pin and recognition she received for her services, and her self-esteem soared when they sent her to an out of town training program! It is a real privilege for me to be able to support the northern volunteers to do this important work – work that is a win-win, benefiting both the residents and the volunteers themselves.
Another more recent experience that has drawn me to this opportunity is volunteering my time to play guitar and sing for seniors at home and in long term care facilities. It’s been very rewarding to reach out musically to residents and make a connection. So many residents have trouble grasping meaning from words and actions, but music can sometimes reach them and make them feel good. It is a real treat to see their faces light up and their eyes brighten when they hear something they like.
What does this project mean to you?
This project is doing something that’s never been done before, we are asking for residents throughout the province of BC to tell us about their experiences in care, and we are listening to what they say. We are only able to achieve the project goals by having an amazing team working together and helping these incredible volunteers who are doing so much every single day.