George Brinton is one dedicated, self-less individual. He has been volunteering with Muscular Dystrophy Canada for over 15 years in our Vancouver office. Over those 15 years, George has certainly seen a lot of changes and growth within the organization, but his reason for volunteering remains the same – help in anyway he can to help find a cure for muscular dystrophy.
“Just because you have a disability, doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to society. If everybody did a little bit to help, it would make a big difference.”
Back in the late 1990s, George decided to be more involved in the organization as he himself has FSH Muscular Dystrophy. George helps out around the Vancouver office with preparing materials for events and stuffing envelopes among other things. At conferences and regional Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events he helps with registration, provides inspiration… you can always spot George with his Canadian flag flowing behind him off his wheelchair.
Alyssa Goad who works in our Vancouver office says, “George volunteers in our office twice a week, every week! We honestly could not do it without George’s help, he does all our mailings, data base clean up and brightens up our office with his smile. Volunteers are integral to all organizations big or small, we can not thank volunteers enough for everything they do!”
Last year something very special happened. George was recognized for his many years of volunteer service for Muscular Dystrophy Canada by being awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Receiving his medal amongst the Fire Fighters and Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff has been his favourite moment during his 15 years with us.
In addition to his great work with Muscular Dystrophy Canada, George also lends his time to the Salvation Army during the holiday season so that he can help even more people. When asked what he would tell others who are thinking of volunteering George responded,
“Do it and you will enjoy it. The best thing that could ever happen to me is to volunteer.”
Thank you George, and to all our wonderful volunteers who have given so much of their time over the years!