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.

“Working alongside the PSSO staff and other volunteers is always a joy. I feel valued and appreciated every time I step foot in the PSSO office.”

Meet Sam

Volunteer Location: London

Please share three words you would use to describe yourself.

Genuine, Loyal, Reliable

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a graduate student at Western University under Dr. Lindsay Nagamatsu. My research focuses onbrain function and mobility in older adults and Parkinson’s disease. Outside of school, I like to go to the gym, connect with nature, and read books.

What interested you about becoming a volunteer at PSSO?

Aside from my research on PD, I have seen firsthand the effects of neurodegenerative diseases, such as PD, and wanted to be a supportive member of the PSSO community.

How long have you been volunteering with PSSO?

~8 months

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

I am co-facilitator of the London support group. I am also involved in PSSO events (i.e., walks, conferences) and partake in other tasks as needed (i.e., mailings).

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

My dream is to own a ranch and operate an animal sanctuary.

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

Working alongside the PSSO staff and other volunteers is always a joy. I feel valued and appreciated every time I step foot in the PSSO office. What motivates me to continue volunteering are the amazing clients, family members, and PSSO community.

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

The Walk for Parkinson’s

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