Children’s Volunteer Services presents:
Buds in Scrubs!
1. Meet Justin:
“I started in the Children’s marketing and communication department in the fall of 2010 as a public relations coordinator. I get to tell the world about how we make kiddos feel better.”
2. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
“I love skiing in the mountains, camping, spending time with friends and family and agonizing over Vikings football.”
3. Do you have any kids or pets of your own?
“Do my two roommates count?
I grew up with pets (dogs, cats, and a fish that only lasted a few hours before jumping down the drain), but don’t have any of my own now. My parents have a little, white bichon – who they’ve deemed my “evil twin,” since we share a birthday – who I love to play with when I’m on their side of the river.”
4. What is your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite movie, hands down, is The Princess Bride. It has been since I was a kid. It combines so many elements of a great movie: adventure, humor, suspense, creative characters and a great story.”
5. Who was your hero as a kid?
“I loved comic books as a kid, so anyone with superpowers and a cape I did my best to emulate (I also had a pair of Superman pajamas, which I wore almost constantly).”
6. Who is your hero now?
“More and more, I find I am surrounded be wonderful people with inspiring stories, but, if I had to pick one person, it would have to be my dad. He’s shown me that being a real man includes equal parts changing the oil in your car and splitting wood as it does being a gentleman and being kind to others. He embodies those qualities and I hope to emulate him.”
7. If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?
“If someone made a candy bar that combined peanuts, nougat and caramel, all covered in chocolate…wait, that’s a Snickers bar and I already love them!”
8. What do you love most about your job at Children’s?
“I feel privileged that so many families over the years have allowed me a small glimpse into their lives, at some of their toughest moments. Seeing your child sick or in pain is hard; really hard. If it’s for a day, a week, or months on end, I’m amazed by how thankful parents are for the care that their children receive here. Getting the chance to share that feeling of gratefulness – usually coupled with an against-all-odds story – is a pleasure and an honor.”
9. Share a work experience involving volunteers:
“I am a huge fan of our PAWH program, in which volunteers and their trained therapy dogs come to children’s to visit patients or participate in therapy sessions. It’s so beautiful to see what a difference the presence of a friendly dog makes in the lives of our patients, and brings a sense of normalcy to the otherwise abnormal situation of being hospitalized.”
Thank you, Justin, for your enthusiasm, drive, and passion for Children’s!