VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: PAM STRAKA
Posted Jun 19, 2018 by Jacquie Robison
WAWOS is 100% volunteer-supported with a mission to celebrate children with Cerebral Palsy and related neurodevelopmental delays & to promote inclusion and accessibility. Our flagship program is WAWOS Wear -- handmade walker capes that add some personality to assistive devices and shift the conversation around disability. As the network of hospitals, pediatric rehab clinics and individuals receiving walker capes grows, our community of talented craftspeople is growing too! More people are raising their hands to sew beautifully imagined capes that showcase the interests and personality of these amazing kids.
The commitment of these WAWOS Guild members makes it possible to expand our reach and touch more lives.
Meet Pam from Omaha, Nebraska and a member of our WAWOS Guild community. We asked her a few fun and engaging questions to get to know her a little better. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Pam!
1. What kind of art do you enjoy most?
A. I like to create art and I love that I can make that happen through sewing. My biggest joys come from creating placemats, table centerpieces, quilts and projects like the walker capes.
2. Which holiday is your favorite and why?
A. Christmas is definitely at the top of my holiday list! It's so festive, full of lights and a time to see family & friends.
3. We're in Baseball Season -- when players go to the plate, the stadium plays a 'walk-up' song that reflects their personality. What would your walk-up song be?
A. Hmmm, that's a tough one. I really like all kinds of music, but I know it would have to be something lively.
4. Share an event in your life that made you who you are.
A. Without question my decision to become a nurse has informed who I am today. I have always loved helping people, and training to be a nurse really encouraged me to come out of my shell and find my voice.
5. What are some small things that make your day better?
A. My day is always improved through meeting up with friends, sharing stories, celebrating one another and lifting each other up. A smile goes such a long way to making anyone's day better.
6. What gets you fired up?
A. Traveling to new places, connecting with new people and getting out of my comfort zone. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to surprise yourself. That's a challenge I get fired up about taking on!
7. In the spirit of WAWOS and recognizing that we're all working on something, what skill would you like to master?
A. I would have to say that I need to have more patience with myself when trying something new or different. It's not always easy, but I'm working on it.