MEET BRIAN

2015-04-15  |  Faces of The Princess Margaret |  Posted by: Kate Pettersen



How long have you been a volunteer at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation?
 
I am coming up to six years.
 
Tell us how you first got involved with the Princess Margaret?
 
After I retired, I wanted to volunteer at an organization so that I would make the best use of my free time. I also liked the idea of having some structure in my week. Initially I was working at a clinic in the Princess Margaret hospital one day a week and one day a week at the Foundation. When the hospital position ended I asked the Foundation if they wanted me for a second day. 
 
What surprised you most working here? 
 
I was surprised by the number of staff working at the Foundation and the variety of fundraising projects they get involved in. Also, they seem to have a lot of interns helping them with their projects.
 
What is your favourite memory while working here? Or, can you share a story about an experience you’ve had here?
 
I made a thank you phone call early on as a volunteer to one of the donors. They were so taken back by the call that they increased their monthly pledge.

To learn more about monthly giving you can visit the website here- bit.ly/1EjUvjr

What is your favourite thing (to see, hear, do, etc) when you walk in the doors of the foundation or the Cancer Centre?
 
I enjoy the staff. They are great to work with and they thoroughly enjoy the job. I think the bell ringing when they confirm news of a major gift is a great way to let everyone know how they are doing and to acknowledge the contribution of staff.
 
Why do you think it is important to volunteer your time?
 
The work of the Foundation is important and volunteering is one way to contribute. I know when I received my 5 year pin they joked how many hours I had worked and that would have cost the Foundation if I had been a paid staff member. 
 
What do you do when you’re not volunteering here?
 
I like to travel, I do abstract paintings and take photos.
 
What might we be surprised to know about you?
 
I also volunteer for the Parkinsons Society Canada. I am one of the volunteer team leaders responsible for selling tulips in April to raise money for the organization.