How did you come to be a volunteer at the MDABC?
I was facilitating a group at the MDABC office when two members of the staff announced that they were putting together an Information Bureau. It is for volunteers who go and set up a booth of information and education about mental illness and let the community know about all the work that the Mood Disorders Association of BC is doing.
What kind of volunteer work have you done at MDABC?
I have been facilitating support groups since 2012. I am one of the facilitators of the Jewish Support group.
What do you find most rewarding about doing this work?
I love facilitating; being a member of a support group is a big part of my wellness. I have met the most incredible people. To be able to facilitate a group makes me feel so privileged. I also love going to events around the city as part of the Information Bureau because it is so much fun. You get to talk to people that may be asking questions about mental illness for the first time. Just to listen to them and tell them that there are lots of resources in the community is an amazing feeling. I feel so proud to tell them about the Mood Disorders Association as finding MDABC changed my life.
What kind of programs would you like to see offered in the future?
I would love to see a support group for high school students offered in the future. MDA has a support group for young adults 19 years old to 30. I would like to see one for young people under 19 years old. When we go into the schools to bring information, I would love to say that there is a support group for them.
What are three things that you do to feel happy and well?
I love having coffee with friends, relaxing and watching Netflix. I also love to walk with my music blaring to shake off the day and to look after myself.