Applauding our Minds in Motion® volunteers this National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week, we are showcasing stories shared by volunteers and Society staff about how volunteers have made a difference for people living with dementia. 

Bruce Johnston has been volunteering with the Minds in Motion® program in Penticton since its inception in February 2017, after experiencing first-hand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in his family.

He explains: “As participants started to come to Minds in Motion®, I could really feel that I was doing some good. Each week, a feeling of a friendship is built that is not felt with our usual friends, but on a deeper level. The greatest part of volunteering is the sense of fulfillment by helping all of the wonderful people I have met over the past years at Minds in Motion®.”

Bruce has been volunteering with the Society since 2017.
Bruce has been volunteering with the Society since 2017.

Another volunteer said, "I’ve been a caregiver for quite a few people throughout my life. I've found just how valuable programs for people living with dementia can be. As a Minds in Motion® volunteer, I not only support the Alzheimer Society of B.C., which is close to my heart, but those who plan and carry out the very much-needed program. It’s a win-win! I always return home thankful and happy."

Volunteers have had a profound impact not only on the participants and the program, but the Society staff also. Sonia Furstrand, Minds in Motion® Coordinator for Vancouver, says: “Volunteers have made a difference to me in the Minds in Motion® program in more ways than I can possibly list. They ensure every person feels welcomed and valued as part of the program, they are my extra eyes and ears and they bring so much love and care to their role.”

Recounting a highlight from this year, she says, “We had a no fitness instructor able to come for the first part of the program, and with only a few days’ notice, one volunteer promptly organized himself and his father into a musical duo to play violin and guitar and sing with everyone. This was going way above and beyond his role but just shows how amazing our volunteers really are!”

Every day during National Volunteer Week, we will share our volunteer’s favourite moments, experiences and memories. Keep visiting our website or follow us this week on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to read more and share your own experiences! #NVW2020 #CheersToVolunteers 

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Last Updated: 04/23/2020