Why I Volunteer: Debbie
Debbie Smits - Volunteer Since 2013
“I choose to volunteer at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford because I have seen how difficult it is for people with Alzheimer’s and also for caregivers and family. The Alzheimer Society is able to provide much-needed support, guidance and education.”
Currently, Debbie volunteers to assist with administrative tasks at our office location. Debbie, along with additional reception volunteers, spends one day/week answering phone calls, using the computer to complete tasks and provide assistance with various projects. Debbie’s warmth and friendly personality ensure a welcoming environment for all who walk through the door to access support, programs, and services.
“I enjoy all the wonderful staff and other volunteers that work for the Society. We all share the same goal “making people’s lives better”. We just do it in our own special way.”
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Debbie was asked if she’s found herself continuing to volunteer her time in some way within her community or close network of friends or family. “I’ve found it difficult to volunteer in a time like this, but I still try and help. I check in on my neighbour and pick up her groceries when needed, I donate to the food bank and make telephone calls just to say ‘hi!’”
Debbie, we are so thankful for you and for the commitment you’ve made to help the Alzheimer Society of Oxford improve the quality of life for people and their caregivers living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.