Chantale Grenon-Nyenhuis: “Because we can see the concrete impact we’re having on the lives of others.”
It’s hard to believe that between working full-time, packing lunches, and going to hockey practices, a mother of four would add “VOLUNTEERING” in big letters to her calendar. Yet, Chantale Grenon-Nyenhuis continues to grab her brightest, boldest pen each month, and add the word which is so meaningful to her.
In 2015, Chantale Grenon–Nyenhuis’s youngest son’s hockey coach, Dean Stock, was diagnosed with ALS. Immediately, Chantale decided to get involved with the cause. In August of last year, she put on her bicycle helmet and took part in the Ride to Fight ALS. “During this event, I met many people who have been involved with the Society for many years, after losing a loved one to the disease.” These special moments further motivated her to volunteer her translation and editing services to the ALS Society and to provide much-needed support during the annual Walk for ALS in Montreal.
“Volunteering allows me to keep a certain perspective on little everyday problems that life brings. It makes me feel useful and appreciated.”
The mother of four has become so involved because she believes that the ALS Society provides essential services. “Its mission to raise awareness is one of the key elements that helps to raise funds for research and to provide support and services for families.” Not only does Chantale’s commitment allow her to meet exceptional people, it also keeps her focused on what really matters, “Volunteering allows me to keep a certain perspective on little everyday problems that life brings. It makes me feel useful and appreciated.”
After witnessing the positive impacts of her actions, Chantale is motivated to give the ALS Society many more hours of her time. Moreover, she can already see the positive influence her involvement has on her children, “I’m so happy to see that my boys are starting to get involved too- I think that it is important for them to see that we can make a difference in people’s lives by giving a little time, energy and attention!”
Like Chantale, you too can put on your bicycle helmet and take part in the Ride to Fight ALS!