Volunteer Spotlight: Patrick DesJardin
By Rose Marie Massaro
Our next volunteer in our National Volunteer Month Spotlight series is Patrick DesJardin. Patrick has been a Pathways volunteer for over 15 years, providing caregiver relief and companionship to patients. In this role, Patrick takes time to listen to patients and be with them–whether that means reading to them or just holding their hand. He makes a compassionate effort to let patients know he is there and they are not alone. Please make sure to say hello to Patrick when you see him!
Meet Pathways Volunteer: Patrick DesJardin
Pathways volunteer since: Sept. 20, 2003
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: I taught biology, anatomy and physiology and coached at the high school level for 35 years. I also taught anatomy and physiology at Front Range Community College for 5 years. In retirement I enjoy gardening, golf, traveling and volunteering where I can.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Pathways? My favorite thing about volunteering at hospice is meeting the many people that I have over the years. Everyone is different, but all of them are also my heroes. They are so strong and appreciative of the little that I can do for them, even though they do so much for me.
What has being a volunteer at Pathways taught you? Being a volunteer has taught me to not complain about my problems when they are so minor compared to what the people I see are going through.
What would you like people to know about Pathways and hospice? I would like people to know that if they are volunteering that they could not do so for a better organization. And, if they ever have to put a loved one in hospice, realize that they will be taken care of with love, compassion and kindness at all times.
What kind of advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering at Pathways?
Be kind, be ready for the passing of your patient, be strong, be friendly, be prepared, be compassionate, and above all–be yourself. The fact that you are even thinking of volunteering says you are a good person. Go with it!
If you would like to volunteer at Pathways, please visit pathways-care.org/volunteer/ or email Deb Hayman at firstname.lastname@example.org.