Volunteer Spotlight: Joan Gould

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Volunteering can become a way of life; the rewards are precious and opportunities are limitless. The pure enjoyment I have walking into the rec complex every day, engaging with patrons, staff and fellow volunteers is what keeps me going.”

Joan Gould has worn a number of different hats in her time volunteering with the City of Port Coquitlam’s Wilson Centre programs. Whether providing support with the Kitchen program, acting as Recreation Complex Host, hosting Special Event Lunches or acting as the president of the Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Board, Joan has long been an important member of the City’s volunteer team.

Joan’s contributions started all the way back in 2004, as she took on volunteer roles as a food preparer, counter service worker, assistant cook and catering assistant in the Wilson Centre kitchen. At the time, Joan was looking for a way to be productive during her retirement, give back to the community, and engage in a positive and social environment. “It has been such a joy to see all the familiar faces and be part of such an inclusive volunteer team over the years”, says Joan.

With construction in full swing on the future Port Coquitlam Community Centre, patrons and community visitors have had plenty of questions and inquiries regarding the impact on the existing complex, and the location of recreation programs due to various changes.  As the lead Rec Complex Host, Joan has dedicated much of her time being a consistent and comforting presence in the foyer of the recreation complex, greeting people with smiles, and providing updates and information to assist patrons in locating their programs. “The brand new community centre will be something special for Port Coqutilam; I’m just happy I’ve been part of that process, advocating positive change and helping direct current patrons to their programs,” Joan explains.

Joan has also showed her willingness to support the community and the City of Port Coquitlam when she stepped into the role of Wilson Advisory Board acting president. In that role, Joan is able to be an advocate for seniors and promote community involvement. “She has shown amazing perseverance, dedication and drive in her new role and is fostering a sense of community, camaraderie and belonging amongst the group; she is modest to a fault and has so many eclectic and transferable skills that have helped out countless Port Coquitlam seniors and patrons – we’re lucky to have her”, states Program Coordinator for Adult & Access Services, Chris Eastman. We couldn’t agree more—the City of Port Coquitlam would like to thank Joan for making a positive impact on her community!

“Only a life lived for others is worth living.”- Albert Einstein