Why I Volunteer: Meet Rebalee
1. Of all the places in Oxford County, why did you choose to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I choose to volunteer at the Alzheimer society because it was in the field of study I was about to take (personal support worker). I wanted to know and understand the daily struggles a person living with the disease has to face, and how I could help.
2. How long have you been a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I have been volunteering for the Alzheimer society for two years as of March, 2015. It has been one of the most rewarding, heartfelt experiences I have ever encountered.
3. What volunteer positions are you currently involved with at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I am currently involved in the Volunteer Companion Program.
4. What is your most memorable moment from volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
There are so many special moments I have encountered with my match. The most memorable moment for me was the day my match welcomed me at the door with a smile, and called me by my first name. This happened about a year after I had been volunteering. It certainly was an unexpected surprise to hear my name coming from my match's mouth after so long. It's a feeling I won't forget.
After spending two years with my match from time to time now she will remember my name and say, I really enjoy you coming to visit me and thank you so much! Those words are so powerful, and at those moments I know I made the right choice in becoming a volunteer companion.
5. What impact has volunteering at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford had on you?
This has shown me how we take the simple things in life for granted, we don't stop to "smell the roses" as they say! This has opened my eyes and heart to really live in today because tomorrow is never promised.
6. Is there anything you would like to say to encourage others to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I would like to say that if anybody is looking to dedicate their time volunteering, the Alzheimer society of Oxford is one of the most touching, heart-warming experiences that you will ever encounter. This to me has been so rewarding in itself, seeing my matches smile week after week, and knowing how much you are helping their caregiver, there are so many benefits for everyone.
The support and encouragement I have received from the Society helping me along the way has been incredible. The Alzheimer Society provides you with the knowledge and understanding of this disease and offer many other educational programs. The best part is, you are valued and appreciated as a person and for everything you do.
The Alzheimer society of Oxford treats and respects their volunteers with dignity, and they value your time. This has been an amazing experience and one I will never forget.