Nancy Arnold is our September "Volunteer of the Month"
September’s Volunteer of the Month is Nancy Arnold. Nancy’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 16 and is now 40 years old. Nancy loves to cook, enjoys volunteering (mainly for JDRF), and works one day a week in a commercial kitchen.
Q. How did you become involved with JDRF?
A. I became involved with JDRF out of desperation. My son was falling through the cracks and wasn’t getting the support needed with any organizations that dealt with young adults and T1D. I called JDRF and asked if we could come and volunteer and they were happy to have us. That was three years ago. My son met people close to his own age and from there he blossomed. I continued to volunteer with JDRF after my son had started working.
Q. How often do you volunteer and what kinds of volunteer activities do you do with JDRF?
A. I volunteer every Monday at the JDRF office and through this I have met some of the most wonderful and supportive people ever. I have volunteered at curling Bonspiels, golf tournaments, wrapping Christmas presents at one of our local malls, and I have also volunteered at the JDRF Gala and Diabetes Research Symposiums. I am a regular participant in the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, and bingo and casino events as well.
Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering for JDRF?
A. What I love most about volunteering at JDRF are the people. They are so welcoming, compassionate and understanding. Without their support I am not sure how I would have coped with my son’s diabetes. For the small part I play in JDRF, I hope I will inspire others to step forward and volunteer. It is so rewarding for me.
Congratulations Nancy 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.