Patrick Espinosa - Volunteer
Patrick Espinosa commenced with NWDS in 2008. His interest in volunteering came about because he wanted time to care for his wife and wanted to give back to the community. A friend of Patrick’s told him about us and all the goals NWDS hoped to achieve, he saw this as a way to give time to his wife and enabling him to share his love of music with others. Patrick came to NWDS, completed his orientation, on Patrick’s first shift he found it quite emotional, he felt that life was tough for some of our clients. Sympathy later turned to hope as Patrick saw that the clients enjoyed his company and support and wanted to form friendships with him. Patrick was so thrilled by this acceptance that he went home and shared stories of his day with his family. His wife was so impressed that she even joined him in the Healthy cooking program.
Patrick was awarded Volunteer of the Year 2010 by the staff and service users of North West Disability Services.