Greg is a physician and began volunteering with Casey House when he joined the research advisory committee seven years ago. Although he also participated in the day health program planning group in 2008, it wasn’t until last spring that he began volunteering regularly as part of the new day health program.
The past year has been influential, he says, “I have learned to listen more. This is a welcome change after years of giving professional advice and sharing my opinion too often.” One of his most rewarding experiences was being part of June’s HIV+ Eatery pop-up restaurant this past November, “Good friends…good times”, says Greg.
HIV/AIDS has touched all communities and Greg appreciates all the different clients he’s met, “The clients are so generous in sharing their experiences from such diverse perspectives.”
Greg lives in the Casey House neighbourhood, and when not volunteering he is a masters swimmer and trains with a local swim team. When asked who inspires him Greg says, “The too many people we have lost to HIV/AIDS. I try to honour their lives by enjoying every moment.” His personal philosophy is to find a way in all his interactions to love his neighbour.
When asked about the first thing he would buy if he won the lottery Greg replied, “research to find a cure for HIV infection.”
In celebration of volunteer recognition week, April 15-21, Casey House is featuring volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to help Casey House deliver client-driven, compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS.