National Volunteer Week (NVW) which runs from the 8th-14th of May this year, is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers. In the 15/16 financial year 1960 volunteers contributed 84,527 hours across all areas of our work. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them. To celebrate our incredible volunteers and the huge role they play in helping us continue to support West Aussies affected by cancer we will be introducing you to some of our amazing volunteers throughout this week.
Erica is one of our Administration Support Volunteers at Dot’s Place in Bunbury. She has been volunteering with us for nearly three years and is described by her peers as being extremely caring, efficient and tireless with her work ethic.
Erica has a background in nursing and became a volunteer so that she could put her knowledge and abilities towards helping others.
“I started volunteering with Cancer Council WA because I wanted to give back to the community. I thought my skills could be used to help people with cancer and their carers too.”
Erica also volunteers her time towards providing peer support, which involves calling people with cancer to provide emotional support at times when they need it the most.
“It’s sometimes tough speaking to someone who is going through their cancer battle. I’m so thankful for all the staff at Dot’s Place who are extremely supportive. Volunteering here gives me a sense of purpose in life and I feel very valued.”
Throughout Erica’s time at Dot’s Place, she has been instrumental in the delivery of many of our education and support services to the community. Thank you Erica, we couldn’t be more appreciative of your dedication, generosity and determination to achieve a cancer-free future for all.