Joe Zambri is our October “Volunteer of the Month”
October’s Volunteer of the Month is Joe Zambri. Joe is a single dad who was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and has two children – Anthony who is 31 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of eight, and Lindsay who is 17. Joe owns a driving school called Safe Drivers Academy, in Bowmanville, Ontario and enjoys doing volunteer work for many different causes and organizations.
Q. How did you become involved with JDRF?
A. My son was diagnosed with T1D in the December of 1989 and I wanted to do something to help. I learned about JDRF and the work they do and became involved with the organization in early 1990.
Q. How often do you volunteer with JDRF and what kinds of volunteer activities are you involved in?
A. I have been volunteering with JDRF for 23 years now. I have participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, the annual JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research, as well as various other fundraising events JDRF has organized over the past 23 years. I really enjoy volunteering with JDRF and I do it because I want to, not because I feel like I have to.
Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with JDRF?
A. The aspect of the volunteer work that I enjoy most is helping others and meeting all the other volunteers and staff members who share my passion and enthusiasm for the cause.
Q. How do you hope your efforts will make a difference in the T1D community?
A. Every year, I hope and pray that we will come closer to finding a cure for diabetes. I hope that my passion will rub off on others. I hope that we can work together as a community in finding a cure and assist those who live with this terrible disease to live an easier and happier life without the day-to-day struggles of living with T1D.
Congratulations Joe and thank you for being an exceptional volunteer for JDRF! To learn more about how you can become a volunteer with JDRF, please visit jdrf.ca/volunteer.