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Volunteer Advocate
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Why I Volunteer

As we reflect everything we’ve accomplished with our Walk to Make CF History, we can’t help but be blown away by our volunteers. And our CF community has taken notice too. This blog post serves as the tip of the iceberg of the impact volunteering makes:

  • “It’s not about fundraising or money raised. If that is the focus you will always be disappointed. It is about getting the cause of CF in the hearts and minds of individuals who can help spread the word in their workplace, community and families.” – Rob Burtch
  • “My family has been volunteering since I was a child so it is my blood! (CF Canada, service clubs, local and national events).  We do it because we enjoy helping others, the sense of pride and accomplishment, and for the effect our actions have on others.” – Brenda Chambers-Ivey
  • “I mostly volunteer as a speaker at events where there aren’t other people with CF, or with committees that meet in a virtual setting because I don’t want to contribute to infection spread. I feel it’s important to contribute to fundraising and research efforts as someone with CF because I can offer a personal perspective that can have a positive impact on others. I recommend that anyone connected to CF find a way to contribute that works for you – it doesn’t have to be as a fundraising team leader! There are lots of ways to help, and everything contributes to the vision of a better life for people with CF.” – Terra Stephenson
  • “I am very new to volunteering. I was very involved in my career until I was unable to continue.  I was a high school Physical Education teacher and volleyball coach.  During my career I gave of myself as much as I could.  I loved it and cherish the minutes, hours, days and years I spent involved with students and athletes.  I volunteer now so I can continue to share and offer, no matter how small, to the larger community.  I still have more to give and plan on doing just that.  Lastly, I choose to be kind and offer kindness, to embrace a positive perspective and peacefully accept the things I cannot control.” – Alex McCombes

Have insights you would also like to share? To be quoted in our blog please contact Terra at tgillespie@cysticfibrosis.ca