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Donna Rodin

PRESIDENT

I was one of eleven children born and raised in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. I was married in 1980, and in 1981 my daughter Jaime was born followed by my son Jarrod in 1983. Both of my children were raised in Maple Creek as well. Jarrod graduated high school in June 2001. In July of that same year, I moved to Medicine Hat where I pursued my career in Human Services.

In my spare time, I enjoy geocaching and spending time with family. As a volunteer I am a member of the Regional Suicide Prevention Council and at the St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged. On November 4, 2001, I received the news that changed my life forever. My mom and dad drove from Maple Creek to Medicine Hat to tell me that my son had taken his life.

In 2002, I was fortunate to find the caring members of the Medicine Hat TCF Chapter. I attended meetings on a regular basis and was thankful to the other bereaved parents for being there at such a difficult time in my life. In September of 2012, I became chapter leader and facilitator of the Medicine Hat Chapter and furthered my involvement on a national level as a Provincial Director for TCF Canada.

As President of TCF Canada, I believe that with a respectful and positive attitude, along with our enthusiastic team of board members, that the vision of the national organization will finally become a reality. My goal is to increase national awareness, chapter development, outreach programs, as well as secure funding for leadership training. Our strategic plan for the future is obtainable; reaching and celebrating one goal at a time.

There are many grieving parents across Canada who have yet to learn about the support that The Compassionate Friends has to offer. Together, our passion in endorsing our national vision will create a ripple effect of support as we reach out to one another with love and respect.

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