BIST’s Volunteer Appreciation night is on Monday April 22nd. We are so thankful for all the hard work and dedication of each and every one of these individuals who give of their time to enable BIST to fulfill it’s mission: to enhance the quality of life for people in the City of Toronto, living with the effects of acquired brain injury through education, awareness, support and advocacy.
In light of this, we would like to continue to showcase the efforts of volunteers in our Volunteer Spotlight. Click here to see some of our past Volunteer Spotlights.
What is your volunteer role with BIST?
Special Events Committee Member-Support at special events, monthly community meetings.
What motivated you to become a volunteer with BIST?
I wanted to learn more about the BIST group, interact with the members, and offer my skills to promote the BIST team.
What is the best part of being a BIST volunteer?
Many things: The inspiration I get from the members, being part of a great team, skill development in areas of planning and program development and increased knowledge of the ABI field.
Why do you think it is important to volunteer?
To give back time to the community that you earn a living from but it honestly makes a person feel good to do it.
What would you say to potential volunteers?
Consider giving of your time, fulfill the commitment you make and enjoy the above noted benefits.
How do you balance work, life and volunteering?
I selected a committee that realistically met my available time and I set time aside for family activities which cannot be changed—even for work.
What is your favourite book?
Baking cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
What is your favourite movie?
The Princess Bride
What other activities are of interest to you?
Hiking, riding, painting.
What is the most important thing you have learned through volunteering with BIST?
Everyone has challenges to overcome—your attitude in doing so makes all the difference and having some friends to make the journey with makes for an easier road.