Volunteer Transformations: A Retrospective

When we think about volunteers, we think about people who are helping others. If you mentor a child, you are changing that child’s life. When you visit a home-bound senior, you are changing that seniors’ life.

Volunteering doesn’t only change the person you help. It changes you just as profoundly. I’m Stacy Ashton, and I run Community Volunteer Connections, the local volunteer centre for New Westminster and Tri-Cities.  In my work I get to see the impact of volunteering, but the story I want to tell today is how volunteering has consistently transformed my life, professionally and personally. Continue reading “Volunteer Transformations: A Retrospective”

Featured Artist: Ginger Deverell


ginger_deverell-59This issue’s featured artist is Ginger Deverell.

She is a mother, wife, book hound, and nature lover. She is also an artist, illustrator and surface designer. She works from her cozy attic studio in her early 1900’s home in Sapperton, New Westminster, Canada. Ginger creates portraits, patterns, florals and artistic prose—offering visual reminders of the strength that lives in beauty and the beauty within ourselves.

 About the painting:

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Monthly Theme: Transformation

This month we’re exploring “transformation”.

“How is ‘transformation’ different than last month’s theme, ‘renewal’?” you might ask. It’s a fair question.

My friend Dale, from A Sense of History Research Services, who has been contributing to a lot of the historical posts we’ve made this past few months, asked me why I thought these were two different themes.

Renewal is about freshening up, recharging the batteries, restoring to the initial state. Imagine work on a house that restores the ravages of time or the environment. Same house, but perhaps a fresh coat of paint, new flooring, getting the ducts cleaned, or the roof patched.

Transformation is taking one thing and evolving it to another. So, in my house analogy, the building is demolished and rebuilt as something different, but on the same lot.

That change, that evolution – and the space between the two – that’s what we’re looking at this month. We’ve got some stories about coming back after an injury, how volunteering can transform you, the difference between history and heritage, moving away despite this amazing community, housing, food, events, activities … you name it. Continue reading “Monthly Theme: Transformation”