Melissa Arnold is our August “Volunteer of the Month”
JDRF continues to rely on the support and dedication of our many volunteers across Canada. We are happy to highlight Melissa Arnold of Halifax, Nova Scotia who is our August Volunteer of the Month.
Q. How did you get involved with JDRF?
A. I became involved with the JDRF’s Halifax Chapter shortly after my son Lucas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) almost 3 years ago. We became involved in the Halifax TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes by forming “Lucas’s Team” and Lucas became a youth ambassador our first year and has continued as youth ambassador for three years now. Last year was our first year joining the Halifax Ride for Diabetes Research and we are looking forward to riding again this year.
Q. How long have you been a volunteer?
A. I have been involved with JDRF’s Halifax Chapter for three years now.
Q. What programs/events have you worked on?
A. This past year I accepted the role of Family Chair for the Halifax TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes and have re-accepted the role for next year’s Walk. I have also been involved in the JDRF float in the Halifax Parade of Lights. Lucas and I have also attended and spoken at some public presentations with JDRF as well as our local Walk kick off events. This past year I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 JDRF AGM in Toronto, where I received a lot of wonderful information and had the chance to meet a lot of amazing people within the JDRF organization.
Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering for JDRF?
A. I enjoy giving back to the community, especially the T1D community. I have been able to meet a lot of amazing people over the past few years; from those who work within JDRF to other T1D families. I try to work hard in our fundraising events as I love the fact that eighty percent of all funds raised go directly towards T1D research, research-related education and advocacy. We get to see the wonderful advancements being made with the funds raised towards an even better future for those living with T1D and their families.
Q. How do you hope your efforts will make a difference in the T1D community?
A. I hope to be able to offer support and guidance to other families living with T1D. I want to help raise awareness and to help educate others about T1D and JDRF and the amazing things they do for our families. Most of all I want to find a cure for T1D!
Melissa Arnold is a mother to Lucas who was diagnosed with T1D when he was 2 years old in October 2012. She loves spending time with family and friends, going to her cottage and watching Lucas take part in various sports (hockey, soccer, baseball, swimming) and riding his dirt bike.
Congratulations Melissa and thank you for being an outstanding supporter and advocate of JDRF!