As this is a new year and a new undertaking on our website, I thought I would profile myself as an encouragement to others, and to get a feel for what the “Member of the Month” page might look like. I am open to all suggestions and ideas to make this a positive look at our dedicated and hard-working members and their many experiences and talents.
I joined the Mission Healthcare Auxiliary in March of 2015, so I am a relatively new member. I work every other Thursday morning in the Gift Shop and am learning about our website to update it with information for our members. Every new post is a big, but fun, learning experience. It also helps me to learn more about the Auxiliary, its members, and their work in the community.
I have very much enjoyed my volunteer experience so far, and have met many amazing people and made new friends – not only the volunteers, but employees of the Mission Hospital and all the great customers who shop, chat or just browse in the Gift Shop.
I came to be a volunteer through a chance meeting with Alyce Campbell at the Honda Service Department in Maple Ridge. We both had our vehicles in for a servicing, and in the waiting room I overheard her talking about volunteering, so I approached her and asked how to get involved.
A bit about me… I retired after 12 years with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority where I was a Capital Analyst in the Finance Department. Prior to that, I was the Revenue & Collections Officer for Transport Canada, Western Region for about 13 years.
I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and moved to Victoria, BC in January 1969. I lived there until 1984 when I moved to North Vancouver to a job as Secretary with the Canadian Coast Guard. Other than a 3-year period back in Victoria, the Lower Mainland has been my home since 1984.