Volunteer Spotlight – Emma Swan
Emma Swan was born and raised in Kelowna. She started volunteering in her last year of high school as a coach for Kelowna CORE Rugby’s Mini Rugby League. That first experience led her to pursue more volunteer opportunities so that she could “be the reason for someone’s smile”. Emma is a fourth year student of Medical Biochemistry at UBCO. Once her degree is complete her plan is to enter medical school and specialize in surgery. Emma lives in Rutland and frequently travels past Franklyn Road. She noticed the constant activity happening around the Pathways location. This lead her to do some research and discovered that Pathways strives to help people realize their abilities. She felt this was a very important message that needed to be spread throughout the community, so she applied to be a volunteer at Pathways. “Having volunteered at Pathways for a year now, it has become an extremely rewarding part of my weekly routine, gives me a break from school, and I am with people who make me feel welcome.” Emma’s payment for volunteering is seeing everyone’s smiles. Emma has been volunteering with Pathways since March 2017. She is an Activity Group Assistant and participates each Thursday with a group of bowling enthusiasts. Emma helps bowlers that need some physical support, socializes with people on the bench, and cheers everyone on. Emma also volunteers with the evening and weekend Social Recreation service. Over the past year Emma has accumulated many special memories at Pathways. “One of my favorite memories is singing karaoke with the Social Recreation group after we’ve enjoyed a delicious meal that we made together! “ Staff at Pathways describe Emma as friendly, kind and considerate. She is a helpful team player and is vigilant in keeping everyone safe. Her lovely personality helps her to get along well with everyone at Pathways. Thank you Emma for joining the Pathways Community!!