National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to share the impactful stories of volunteers who weave us together – volunteers who bring Hope Close to Home in Southwestern Ontario for people impacted by Parkinson’s disease.

“I have always had a passion for helping others and saw PSSO as an opportunity to start making an impact in my local community.”

Meet Chad

Volunteer Location: Lasalle

Please share three words you would use to describe yourself.

Hardworking, passionate, and caring

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Currently, I am finishing my 3rd year of nursing at the University of Windsor. After graduation I plan on starting my career as a registered nurse in the ICU. During the past two semesters of school I worked as a teaching assistant for the Human Anatomy and Physiology nursing labs and will be working this summer for the Town of LaSalle. Outside of school and work I love spending my free time with my family and friends. I enjoy doing things such as working out, going on bike rides, fishing, and playing sports.

What interested you about becoming a volunteer at PSSO?

I was interested in getting involved in my local community and after learning about PSSO from another volunteer, the experiences they shared made me want to join and be part of this amazing team. I also have always had a passion for helping others and saw PSSO as an opportunity to start making an impact in my local community.

How long have you been volunteering with PSSO?

Almost 1 year

Tell us more about your volunteer experience with PSSO and how you are involved?

My past volunteer experience with PSSO includes being a planning committee member and event volunteer for the 2022 Windsor-Essex Walk for Parkinson’s. The role on the planning committee that was delegated to me was to collect food and beverage donations from local businesses to be given out during the walk.  My current involvement with the PSSO includes being a planning committee member for the upcoming 2023 Spring Regional Parkinson’s Conference in Windsor and a co-chair for the 2023 Windsor-Essex Walk for Parkinson’s.

What is something unique or interesting about you that others may not know?

Something unique or interesting about myself is that I received the Governor General’s Academic Medal upon graduating from high school.

What do you enjoy about volunteering and what motivates you to continue?

There are many things I enjoy about volunteering. To start it has allowed me to meet and create connections with many new people. It has also allowed me to gain and improve valuable skills that I will now have for the rest of my life. But most importantly I find that volunteering makes me feel happier and healthier. Volunteering has always made me feel good about myself and that I was making an impact in my local community. This feeling along with the many other benefits of volunteering has motivated me to continue.

Are there any special memories from your time volunteering with PSSO?

A special memory that I have from my time volunteering with PSSO was from the first event I attended. This was the 2022 Windsor-Essex Walk for Parkinson’s. There was just something about spending the past few months planning the walk with the team, and finally being able to see everything come together and run so smoothly on the day of the event that made this memory so special to me.

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