Volunteering Makes My Heart Smile
How this volunteer found an outlet for her passion
Shelley Irwin has been participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure for the past 12 years in Barrie/Orillia. She recruited her closest friends, two daughters and mom to create an all women’s team called Team Sisterhood, now full of 11 strong women. Being a breast cancer survivor, this is a cause she truly believes in and supports all the work the Foundation does to further research, education and awareness about this disease.
This year, Shelley also took on a new role with the CIBC Run for the Cure – that of volunteer. She wanted to become more involved with the Foundation and when she learned that the Barrie Run site was looking for volunteers, she sent an email right away.
"For me, volunteering is the ultimate combination of passion and dedication,” Shelley says. She generously donated her time on the volunteer Run committee as the Community Outreach Coordinator. This meant that she helped promote the CIBC Run for the Cure, spoke one-on-one with people in the community, did media interviews as a breast cancer survivor, helped at fundraising events – and the list goes on!
When asked about her experience volunteering, she says “it was awesome to see how everyone’s hard work and dedication to this cause come together on Run day.” Every year is an emotional one for her at the CIBC Run for the Cure – the sea of pink shirts, the stories, the amount of money raised, the fun, laughter and tears – but this year it was also incredible to know that she was part of a committee that planned an event that means so much to her, and she feels truly blessed to have been a part of that wonderful team.
Shelley would tell anyone who is thinking about volunteering that it is a very rewarding experience. “You meet new and amazing people who all share a common goal; you form new and lasting friendships; and you are making a real difference in your own community. It doesn’t get much better than that. It truly makes my heart smile to know that so many people are dedicated to cause that I am so passionate about.”
Each year, thousands of Canadians volunteer for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. A few of these amazing individuals, like Shelley Irwin, take their dedication even further by generously giving their time to the role of Run Director. If you are a natural leader, and passionate about the cause, consider volunteering as a Run Director for the CIBC Run for the Cure. For more information on this role, or any other volunteer positions within the Foundation, please visit http://www.cbcf.org/ontario/GetInvolved/Volunteer/Pages/Volunteer-Positions.aspx or call Teresa Tam at 1-866-373-6313 ext 430.