- BLAST Weekend Coordinator since inception
Margaret has coordinated the SRABC – Coquitlam Branch since January 1997. However her association with the SRABC goes back to 1977/78 when she was hired by the City of Burnaby to be the staff liaison with the new South Burnaby Stroke Club. Fortunately for Margaret this "liaison” position soon developed into a friendship with the club members and provincial coordinator Phyllis Delaney.
In the spring of 1978 or ‘79 Phyllis Delaney conceived of a 4-day Easter Camp for people recovering from stroke. Margaret happily joined the volunteer staff. It was an adventure and a learning experience for everyone involved. The first camp saw about 50 inexperienced campers and 8 inexperienced staff volunteers. Everyone had an amazing weekend and Easter Camp was hatched! Margaret attended most Easter Camps until they were discontinued in 2005.
In 1986 Margaret became a stroke club coordinator with the Burnaby North group (to 1997). From 1993-1996 she also coordinated the South Burnaby Stroke Club. Margaret found the coordinator lifestyle worked well while she was raising her children. As they entered school, other job opportunities and a return to college for a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation sent her off to new adventures with the Coquitlam group and other jobs.
Currently Margaret works Monday to Thursday for the New Vista Society as the "Campus Volunteer Coordinator”. She manages about 180 volunteers in the care home and five seniors’ apartment buildings. She spends Fridays at Dogwood Pavilion with the Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Branch. She has never lost her enthusiasm or admiration for the people she has met through her affiliation with the SRABC and BLAST.