Volunteer Week – Vera Parsons

April 18, 2023

Photo of Vera Parsons, with grey and taupe weaving to the right. Title reads Volunteer Appreciation Week. Text reads # weaving us together. The Empower logo is in the lower left corner.

My name is Vera Parsons and I became involved with Empower when I first got diagnosed with MS and the Miller Center was trying to find activities for me to do.

I have been volunteering with Empower since 2003. I used to volunteer on the front desk answering phones, photo coping and filing. Then I used to do information sessions about the programs and services, and now I am an active volunteer with Empowers Debbie Prim Courtyard and Garden.

I have meet lots of nice people one of the main reasons I wanted to volunteer is to meet people and learn that I am not the only person living with a disability. It makes me happy, and I feel better. I felt like I’m not alone in the world.

In my free time I like to go for a walk. I have missed being at the centre very much. I can’t wait to get back to the Garden.