Josie Erlach, volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
I have been volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia for about 6 years, and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. I just want to help out, in any way I can. I would rather use my free time to help out than sit at home, watching TV.
Of course, volunteering with the Alzheimer Society has its perks for me too. Outside of volunteering, I have a job where I work with people who are living with Alzheimer's disease, so it's valuable for me to spend my free time here and learn more about Alzheimer's and dementia.
I have learned other things over the years too, including how important it is to be flexible as a volunteer. Mostly I help around the office, preparing mail outs, folding t-shirts or sorting surveys. But I have also been known to don the Hali Derby duck costume and participate in events around the city. That’s right, I dress like a duck and I like it!
I prefer being out at big events but I like the office work too. Others may find it boring, but I want to stay busy, so it suits me just fine.
No matter the type of work I’m doing, I enjoy spending my time at the Society and feel that anyone who is looking for an opportunity should jump at any chance to get involved. There is really nothing they could do to make my time more enjoyable – everybody’s great.
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