I was in a meeting today and one of the people was talking about the services provided by the organization they work for and when they mentioned a volunteer component and it hit me – I haven’t done any volunteering in a long, long time. Back in the day I used to be a candy striper at the local hospital. During my time as university I volunteered for a variety of things – with the Student Alumni Association at Mac, at the Student Wellness Centre at Guelph, doing science outreach at both Guelph and UBC, training school teachers on a health promotion curriculum with the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The most challenging volunteer work I’ve done was as a victim services volunteer with my local police when I was in my last year at Mac. But since I left university (and thus, stopped volunteering regularly in science outreach), I haven’t really done any volunteering. I guess I got busy with looking for a job, and then I was busy with having too many jobs, and then I got the new job… and somehow three years have gone by.
Anyway, I guess I should start looking around to see what sorts of volunteer opportunities there are. Because now that I’ve realized it’s been so long since I last did volunteer work, I realize that I miss it!