Guest Blog: Folk Fest Cares
By Patricia Timms
I thought it would be just another year volunteering but my dad suffered a massive stroke in June and passed July 2nd, 2016. I, of course, was in close contact with head office as I was supposed to be volunteering as a Site Safety Supervisor. Karla and rest of the team were amazing in their support and kindness. An email I received from Karla literally brought me to tears. The warmth and caring was evident throughout the email. It was like a warm blanket. I did end up volunteering with the support and encouragement of my family and it was very therapeutic in my healing progress.
I feel very blessed to be able to volunteer for one of the best organizations ever. I am not a number, I am a person and truly appreciated for my volunteer work. Can’t wait for 2017 - my first Folk Fest as a retired nurse! I love being a part of the Folk Fest family and plan to stay for many years.
2016 marked my third volunteering with Folk Fest. Volunteering has been a part of my life for many years. One of my philosophies has been to always pay it forward. I attended my first Folk Fest four years ago and was instantly hooked! There is an atmosphere of friendship and happiness that hit me within minutes of going through the gates. For those who have been to Folk Fest, you will understand what I am saying about the atmosphere.
My first year was in La Cuisine and it was a lot of fun. I met a lot great people, worked hard and helped provide meals for all the volunteers and performers.
My second year involved big changes to my volunteer experience. I had suffered two bad breaks to my right arm. My ortho specialist said there was no way I could volunteer in La Cuisine as my arm was still healing and would not tolerate all the repetitive motions of cutting, chopping, etc. At head office, Karla Ferguson was great. I explained my situation and she set to work to find me a new position. I ended up supervising in site safety. It was an awesome experience. I had a lot of support to get me through my new responsibilities and feel comfort.
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