Where do you volunteer, and how long have you been volunteering?
I have been an inpatient volunteer for the past six months.
What is your educational background/career?
My interests, career, and most recent education has been in supporting parents’ dreams for their children. I have an M.Ed in Family Education with a parent education license. Much of my paid and unpaid work surrounds supporting family development.
What brought you to Children’s as a volunteer?
I had never worked in health care before, so I was curious about how my commitment to families could play out in a hospital environment. I have to say that this has been a fantastic match for me! Supporting children’s social and emotional needs while they are sick has tapped my compassion and intuition at a profound level.
What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering?
I still very much enjoy play dates with my own friends. I enjoy learning more and more about healthy food and living a healthier life. I enjoy anything outdoors, such as walking, hiking, and biking. I like to read and talk about books. I love to travel to new places and continually learn about our human experience. I also find my teenage daughter fascinating.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Like many people who volunteer at Children’s, I enjoy holding babies! I also enjoy being paired up with an energetic patient–I think it’s a joy to see children on a normal developmental trajectory and it makes me happy when I can create the space and limits for them to experience that.
Thank you so much, Trish, for creating so many enjoyable experiences for our patients here!