Why I Volunteer: Meet Celia
1. Of all the places in Oxford County, why did you choose to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I had intended to help at another community organization but it wasn’t built yet and shortly after that 3 month training I was recruited by Shelley Green for the Alzheimer Society along with some other choir friends.
2. How long have you been a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I began attending training for the Alzheimer Society in September of 2008. In 2009 I began visiting as a Volunteer Companion.
3. What is your most memorable moment from volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
My most memorable moment was realizing that this kind of visiting was what all my life, to that moment, had been leading me to do. Once I wanted to be a social worker, then I became a missionary, and later experiences as a mother, greenhouse worker, and lay leadership in churches all contributed to a desire to help those who couldn’t help themselves and I had the time and energy, still, to go on being useful to someone else. This happened with my first visit and continues with all the others.
4. What impact has volunteering at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford had on you?
The impact of this kind of volunteering has many rewards because it helped me to know myself. I am able to share in what is a current need of today’s society.
5. Is there anything you would like to say to encourage others to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
Patience and listening is good for the spirit, it is yoga for the soul. People who we visit usually communicate in non-verbal ways. Sometimes we can only interpret what they want to say through listening and loving them. We are only a small part of their life now, two hours a week is not much in the great scheme of things but it seems very important.