Wayne Cronin

I am in my 5th year as a volunteer with Victim Services Huron. My experience with Victim Services has been very rewarding knowing that I have helped people cope with tragic situations when they needed it the most. The compassion and care Victim Services prepares us for in training is very beneficial as we go forth serving Huron County. We can make the worst day in a person’s life become more bearable with our resources.

My day job is Director of Safety for a local trucking company. I have a very understanding family and employer that has allowed me time to fulfill my duties as a crisis responder when the need to help is most critical. The compassion and care from team leaders and office staff is extraordinary when dealing with volunteers and clients.

People helping people is my goal and that has been fulfilled many times. If you want to make a difference in your community please step forward, the opportunity is there for the qualified candidate.

 

Chandal Cunningham

I joined Victim Services as a way to give back to my community. Huron County has been such a great place to grow up and what better way to give back to the community I appreciate than volunteering in an area I wanted to learn more about.

I have become familiar with the resources in the community in order to assist victims in accessing these resources. I have become more knowledgeable of the various stakeholders in the community and the importance of everyone working together. Lastly, I joined Victim Services to enhance my skill set and my ability to work under pressure.

Thus far, my role as a Crisis Responder has been a truly rewarding experience and I look forward to learning more and growing as a person. Thank you for the opportunity.

 

Brenda Burkholder

I have been with Victim Services since its inception into Huron County in 2004.

The training a volunteer receives at VS is specific and ongoing. This is a crucial component of this unique volunteer experience so it is important to attend monthly meetings and trainings. Because of this I have gained the knowledge and up to date information to go out and support the people in our county that are in crisis. Staff and team leaders are supportive and always have a listening ear.

Through-out these 13 years it has been rewarding to empower people in crisis with resources and choices. Providing emotional support and knowing they are not going through this alone does make a difference. People can then begin the healing process when they have been listened to and their feeling acknowledged and validated.

As a crisis responder with VS I am inspired to be a better person every day, to be more caring, more compassionate, and more non-judgmental in realizing that you and I are no different from each other. That could be me that needs help and support one day.

I would encourage anyone who has the time and interest in helping people in crisis to come out and become part of this great team at VS Huron.

Mark Kirkconnell

I have known about victim services for a couple of years and once I had heard that they were looking for volunteers I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. The training that is received with victim services is very in depth and provided me with very good insight and understanding about the different calls we would be attending.

Being able to offer emotional and practical support to victims is a very rewarding feeling. With a lot of the calls we attend being very tragic and sudden it sometimes is just being able to sit and listen to someone in their time of need. I would strongly recommend joining this service as a volunteer. It is an amazing service offered and being a part of it is an absolute honour.

Thanks.