In September, hubby and I formally joined the board of directors of our local MADD Canada chapter; the MADD Canada Greater Fredericton Chapter. We are really excited to get involved and give back to an organization that has done so much for us. We are enthused to become even more proactive in the fight against impaired driving in our own backyard and nationally. Not to mention, offering much needed, personal support to those in our community who have been impacted by this terrible crime.
For us, we really kick this new volunteering adventure off this weekend. We are jet setting to Toronto, Ontario this morning to join hundreds of other chapter members, community leaders, volunteers, sponsors and MADD Canada staff for MADD Canada’s Annual General Meeting and National Chapter Leadership Conference. How uberlicious is that?!
The weekend theme is “People, Purpose, Passion: The Pathway to Success”. Starting this afternoon straight through until Sunday, hubby and I will be connecting, networking, listening and learning. During the days, it’ll be all about networking and learning with workshops on everything from new legislation, championing a chapter, fundraising, media, and so much more. This evening we will attend a sponsor recognition dinner which is totally groovy. MADD Canada sponsors, as you’ve read in a recent post I did about KIA Canada, go above and beyond so to be able to offer some form of personal gratitude will be super special for us. Saturday night we will attend MADD Canada’s annual Awards Dinner where the organization recognizes the outstanding contributions of its volunteers with national and regional awards. I’m going to clap so much and so hard, my hands are going to be numb. Sunday, we’ll come back home to our chapter chalked full of new information and ideas to rock our community.
On the horizon, we are working with our chapter to host an open house to recruit new volunteers and members (if you are from the greater Fredericton area reading this and want more deets, let me know) on November 3, 2012. After the open house, we will host a beautiful and poignant candlelight vigil to honor those who have been impacted by impaired driving in our community. I am so thrilled to be involved in putting something like together. Pray for a great turn out for us.
That’s not all…Hubby and I also recently completed MADD Canada’s Victim Service Volunteer Level I training with a gold standing. Yeahhhh hubby and me! This was the foundation training required so that we can attend the level II training in mid-November. Once we successfully complete level II, both he and I will be certified Victim Services Volunteers (VSV). This means we will be able to offer more in-depth support to victims of impaired driving in our community.
What an incredible feeling to be able to give back in the same way that helped us heal and feel supported. I think that may be the little secret about volunteering that some people don’t know. In volunteering, yes you give of your time and energy for “free” for the good and benefit of your community, an organization, or person. But the gifts of self-esteem, pride and connection you receive in return far supersede any monetary return. The honor to volunteer and giving back to your community is a privilege.
Today, I leave you with a video PSA from arrive alive DRIVE SOBER® that rocked my world! It features Spenny from Kenny vs. Spenny.
How do you give back in your community? What kind of volunteering do you do? What do you get out of volunteering and why do you think it’s important? Wanna give props to a volunteer who rocks your world – tell me your story! Come on…share the wealth…
On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.