Lise Guinois is our January Volunteer of the Month

Lise Guinois, from Montreal, QC, is our January Volunteer of the Month! We had an opportunity to ask Lise a few questions about her work with JDRF.

Q. How did you become involved with JDRF?

I was working with a colleague who was involved with JDRF. One of her family members was living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and every year she was involved in an event at Lafontaine Park.  One year, Eric Heymans, from TD Canada Trust, gave my name to volunteer at the same event where my colleague was participating. I gladly accepted to be part of the event and that was the start of my amazing journey with JDRF.

Q. How often do you volunteer and what kind of volunteer activities do you do with JDRF?

I have been volunteering for as long as I can remember. It is very important for me to get involved and give time to causes that are close to my heart.  I feel that I am making a difference for an important cause. I have been involved with JDRF since 1995. I participate in event such as JDRF’s Ride for Diabetes Research, the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, the Gala, Montreal’s Halloween campaign and many others. I have also volunteered to organize draws and other events over the years.

Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering for JDRF?

The whole thing! I love volunteering for JDRF because it allows me to share with and meet wonderful and generous people who put their heart into getting involved for a worthy cause.

Q. How do you hope to make a difference in the T1D community?

I contribute by giving time, offering a smile and a warm welcome to the participants at the events. I strive to ensure all the participants appreciate their experience with JDRF so they come back year after year.  I like to think that in some way, my role as a volunteer contributes to direct more funds to critical research to find a cure.

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