Our volunteers are the best and we appreciate them for all the work they do. This year we’re spotlighting them so we can get to know a little more of their interests! May’s spotlight is Jane Parsons. See her profile below!
Name: Jane Parsons
Nominated by: Devon Evershed
Volunteer Position: Peers Fostering Hope – Peer Visitor
What is your favorite part about volunteering with MODC?
I love to help others in their recovery.
If you read – what’s a good book you would recommend?
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden, and The Marriage of Opposites – Alice Hoffman.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
This I struggled with as no one power would help everyone! But if I had to have one, it would be to cure any child illness.
What is your go-to dessert?
Cheesecake and Rhubarb Pie
What is your favourite movie?
Sound of Music.
We asked Devon why she nominated this volunteer?
Jane is in her fourth year of volunteering with the Peers Fostering Hope (PFH) program. As a hospital volunteer she visits new stroke survivors and provides much needed inspiration and hope. She is a reliable and dedicated volunteer, who speaks positively about the PFH program to potential new volunteers by explaining the impact the program has made on her life and the difference that she feels she is making with others. Her honest and open communication is helpful to the patients she visits and other volunteers, who benefit from her wisdom.
In 2017, she joined a pilot project for community visiting as part of the PFH program. In this pilot she was matched with two individuals. She provided emotional support, helped with goal setting, and helped with accessing programs, to support reintegration into the community after stroke. According to one individual she supported: “She talks about what she’s gone through and what’s worked for her—it helps me know what’s coming. It prepares me as I go through the process and makes me feel like I’m not the only one who’s been through this.” She has been very proactive not only in her efforts to support these individuals but also in providing updates on her matches and suggestions to those who were administering the program. Jane, along with other volunteers from the program, have addressed a gap in care for stroke survivors and provided support during a crucial time of transition from hospital to home. It has been wonderful having Jane give back as part of the Peers Fostering Hope program.
How long have you been an MODC volunteer?
If you’d like to learn more about March of Dimes Canada’s volunteering opportunities, please visit this landing page from the website: http://bit.ly/MODCVol