Volunteers are vital to the success of our programs of March of Dimes Canada. We appreciate and acknowledge volunteers for all the amazing, incredible and hard work they do. This year we’re getting to know some of them a little more in these blog profiles!
Meet Darlene Johnson, our spotlight for March!
March Volunteer Spotlight
Name: Darlene Johnson
Volunteer Position: Communication Program Volunteer – ACDP Peterborough Site
What is your favorite part about volunteering with MODC?
How the clients are so motivated to improve their own communication and how they support each other through the process. I look forward to volunteering at the Peterborough Aphasia program because they provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment for clients, caregivers and the volunteers. The staff set the tone and they are knowledgeable, skilled and demonstrate respect for each individual that they encounter.
What are 3 adjectives you would use to describe yourself?
Caring, Friendly, Respectful
What is your favorite hobby?
What is your favorite TV show?
Call the Midwife (because of a Nursing background)
How long have you been an MODC volunteer?
We asked Elisha and Sara why they nominated this volunteer.
“Darlene’s positive nature, energy, and welcoming attitude deserve recognition! On top of her friendly personality, she displays kindness and concern for the well-being of our clients, supporting their strengths and encouraging them to develop new skills. As staff (and I’m sure clients feel the same) we’re very fortunate to have Darlene as part of our team.”
Sara Piotrowska (Staff Partner)
Her patience and willingness to learn and use supportive communication strategies ensures that clients’ messages are expressed, all clients are engaged, and conversation is mutually beneficial. – Sara
“The first thing that strikes me about Darlene is her caring and empathetic attitude in the program. She is genuinely interested in the clients and their well-being! She actively inquires about their lives and is always supportive of their interests. She is also very patient, allowing clients to respond in their own time and always encourages them to use the strategies to support their communication. It’s very evident how much the clients appreciate Darlene’s time and effort!”
Elisha Nesci (Staff Partner)
If you’d like to learn more about March of Dimes Canada’s volunteering opportunities, please visit this landing page from their site: http://bit.ly/MODCVol