Connections to other people are not only good for business, but good for your soul too. For me personally, I love being able to do things in the community to help our community grow and thrive. I’m proud to say I’m from northern Ontario, even if some people I meet in my travels have never even heard of Timmins. Currently, as a member of the Timmins 2020 Strategic Plan – Branding Committee, I get to combine my marketing expertise with my passion for promoting the north. I am honoured to sit alongside some incredibly talented and successful individuals who all have a common goal – to make the rest of the world know what a great place Timmins is.
Over the years, I’ve had many volunteer roles in the community. Everything from the pizza lady at my kids’ school and organizing parent volunteers for my kids’ dance school to building a roller derby league and helping to promote the local Crohn’s and Colitis events. Each of these opportunities has meant a lot to me. It can sometimes be challenging to make time for everything but it’s so worth it. Even when I was in high school I volunteered as a Brownie leader and at other functions throughout my high school career. I continued to volunteer my time when I was in college. After I got married and had kids I was always volunteering for something, even if it was just an hour here and there.
I honestly believe that anyone who volunteers does it because they enjoy it, not for the recognition. And I’m no exception to that. I do it because I want to make a difference in the community. I don’t do it for recognition, although I’ve received varied forms of recognition for it ranging from TV interviews to flowers sent to my home or office with a little thank you note.
The people you meet can sometimes have a lasting impact on you. I’ve met some fabulous, inspirational people over the years and I’ve also come across some people who have definitely challenged my patience! But without these experiences, you don’t have the opportunity to grow as a person, to develop strong social skills and to build relationships with people. But most importantly volunteering allows you to go to bed at night knowing that you did your best that day to do your part to make this world a better place. Although many people have left a lasting impression on me over the years, it’s sometimes funny to think that I may also have made a lasting impression on someone. Let’s hope it was a good one!