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Jessica Jiang, a Doctor of Pharmacy student at the University of British Columbia, started volunteering with Parkinson Society BC in May 2017. Despite a busy schedule juggling schoolwork and a part-time job, she took the time to volunteer weekly with the Society’s Resource Development team.

Jessica Jiang 
Jessica (left) with fellow volunteers at Parkinson SuperWalk in Vancouver, 2017.

Jessica helped PSBC staff with a wide variety of tasks, including helping to make our annual online auctions a great success, and assisting with the logistical planning of Parkinson SuperWalk.

“PSBC raises awareness and advocates for those living with or affected by Parkinson's disease, and the tangibility of watching that happen is by far the most rewarding part about volunteering with PSBC,” says Jessica. She also finds it rewarding “to be able to work tirelessly behind-the-scenes to make our vision of a successful event come to life, then attending the event and seeing the impact it makes on the surrounding community.”

Jessica encourages others to give volunteering a try. “Volunteering with PSBC and being open to new experiences means learning and self-growth, as I definitely learned a lot during my time here. You will get to work with amazing people and have lots of fun, while contributing to a worthwhile cause and making a difference.”