I have been meaning to send this email since the start of January however I have had a busy couple of months and it had slipped my mind. Now that I am entering my 5th year at university and have started postgraduate studies since early January, I am no longer able to be volunteer at Calvary Healthcare due to increased educational demands.
I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you for taking me on board in 2013 and having me up until the end of 2015. Originally my drive to volunteer started as a curiosity for life experience and a way to give back to the community, but now I can truly understand why Alicia had recommended it to me so strongly. Volunteering at Calvary has giving me a new perspective on life. It has taught me more about myself than I could have ever imagined. It has helped me to cherish the simple everyday things I had taken for granted such as walking and talking, along with developing a strong sense of community involvement. Calvary has also showed me that it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference to a patients happiness or well-being, from non-verbal gestures to simply listening to what they have to say, something that no amount of books could have every taught me. I am thankful to have been part of the rehabilitation clinic for so long to have been able to see patients come in with their red or orange card walkers, make it to their green card and eventually walk out the door by themselves.
With confidence I know that I will be able to use the core values and teachings I have learnt from my time at Calvary, as the foundation for my own lives journey, as I now start my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Sydney. Once again, thank you for the opportunity that has, and will continue, to shape the person that I am today.