VOLUNTEERS ARE OUR SHINING STARS!At Beyond 21 we are dream chasers. We partner with adults with developmental disabilities to identify their dreams and help them learn the skills and build the connections they need to achieve them. Each volunteer is a bright and shining star. And together, our volunteers form a radiant constellation – a unique network of stars that celebrate diversity, promote inclusion and encourage our community to become a more welcoming place for adults with developmental disabilities. If you would like to shine the ‘starlight’ on a Beyond 21 volunteer, please contact our People Connector at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613.935.3121. We would not be able to do the work that we do without the dedication of our team of volunteers! It is a privilege to introduce you to some of our shining stars:
CATHY & KEVIN COOPER:Cathy and Kevin live in Williamstown on the Raisin River with their golden doodles, Maggie and Gracie. Their adult children live in Egypt (Kalli), Toronto (Jessica), and Casselman (Patrick). After graduating from the University of Ottawa, both Kevin and Cathy pursued careers in education. Cathy is the principal of Charlan High School in Williamstown and Kevin is a retired principal from the Upper Canada District School Board. Most recently, Kevin retired from St. Lawrence College where he was the Coordinator of CICE, a program that makes it possible for students with significant learning challenges to attend college. The Coopers initially got involved with Beyond 21 to support their niece, Emma, and to help her parents (Ralph and Tish Humphries) fulfill their dream of creating a supportive program for adults with developmental disabilities. Cathy and Kevin have volunteered countless hours in support of Beyond 21. If you have been to one of our fundraising events, chances are you have encountered the Coopers! They have helped out at the Spring Market & House Tour, Moon River Run, Cornwall Food Fest, and the 14th Annual Seaway International Wine Festival, just to name a few. Whenever called upon, the Coopers are happy to help out!
What do the Coopers like most about volunteering? “Seeing the level of engagement and friendship that Beyond 21 participants have developed with one another. Beyond 21 is a place where everyone belongs and has purpose.”In addition to volunteering at our special events, Cathy and Kevin also support Beyond 21’s other fundraising initiatives! Cathy particularly enjoys her bracelet and ‘Dream Chaser’ necklace, while Kevin devours our signature caramel popcorn and Christmas cookies!
“We have come to admire the incredible hours of planning and dedication by Beyond 21 staff and Board members. We are humbled by the many volunteers from all walks of life who selflessly give of their time. It is our privilege to be associated with a group of folks so committed to their purpose.” – Cathy & KevinThe Coopers have been involved with Beyond 21 since the very beginning. We are BEYOND grateful for their support in everything that we do!
PAUL PETEPIECE:Paul and his wife Bett grew up in Cornwall, but moved out of town in order for Bett to pursue her university degree and for Paul to begin his career in Instrumentation. His career took him to Toronto where he worked for 20 years before starting his own company, which grew to become very successful. When an opportunity arose, he sold his company but continued to work part-time for the new owner for two years before fully retiring. After living in Toronto for 38 years, Paul and Bett moved back to the SD&G area. They built their home in South Lancaster, which Paul describes as a wonderful community where they have made many good friends. Paul is very happy to live in a rural area, where he enjoys fishing, boating and hunting. Paul and Bett began supporting Beyond 21 by attending our fundraising events. Over the past couple of years, Paul has become more involved, from participating in our Annual Chili Cook-off to volunteering at the Cornwall Food Fest. This past year Paul has gone above and BEYOND! Not only did he volunteer on the Food Fest planning committee, but he held down the fort (or should I say tent) as our Beer Tent Captain at the 2016 Cornwall Food Fest in August. In January 2016, Paul began volunteering as a Tai Chi instructor, leading weekly classes at The Hub on Tuesday mornings. Each week, when Paul walks through the door, he brings with him an incredible sense of warmth and serenity that is welcomed by staff and participants alike.
“Paul is a talented individual who selflessly gives of his time to enrich the lives of others. He brightens the day of all those he encounters.” – Sandy (Program Facilitator)Paul is a community-minded individual and is always willing to help out in any way that he can. In addition to volunteering with Beyond 21, Paul is also involved with a number of other organizations, including the South Lancaster Fish & Game Club and the Copper Marsh Conservators. Paul, we are extremely grateful for the time & energy that you donate to Beyond 21. You truly are a SHINING STAR!
“As I’ve told many people, I walk in to Beyond 21 with a smile on my face and leave with a great deal of satisfaction from being with such a wonderful group of people.” – Paul