Jean

How did you get involved with the Food Bank?

  • I’ve been volunteering with the Food Bank for a couple of decades now. I got involved in the late 80’s.
  • I learned about the opportunity to sort food through Volunteer Vancouver.
  • At the end of 2015, I was asked if I was interested in getting involved with DECK. I now volunteer with DECK and fill orders for the Community Kitchens helping out of the GVFB warehouse.

Why do you volunteer?

  • I am a person who has always liked to be busy. I retired after working at a hospital for 36 years with the payroll department and then as a porter. I have no husband and no children to look after, and within a month, I realized that retirement just wasn’t for me. That’s why I started volunteering with the Food Bank.
  • I also work for Princess Cruises when it’s cruise ship season. I give people directions as they are getting on and off the ship. I get to meet all kinds of people (I even met Dick Van Dyke). I really do love people.

Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had volunteering here?

  • This is an easy question to answer: Coming to the Food Bank and working with other volunteers and staff is like working with family. I feel that I’m needed and wanted, and am making a contribution.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering at the Food Bank/why should they volunteer?

  • When you get involved in with the Food Bank you feel like you’re part of a family and when you help to meet the needs of others, you feel like you’re contributing.

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. What does that mean to you?

  • To me, it means that volunteers are the backbone of organizations and communities.