Where are you from and how did you land in London?
I was born in Venezuela and moved to London in 2003 with my mom and my brother. My father joined us later that year and we've been enjoying life in London since.
Tell us about your education and professional background.
I'm a medical lab technician by trade and I work full time in research with St. Joseph's Healthcare and Lawson Health Research Institute. This year I'll have been working in research for 6 years with Lawson at LHSC, Western University, and SJHC. On the side I'm also a yoga teacher, and am working towards my 500hr certification.
What cause are you most passionate about?
Delivering free health and wellness activities/opportunities to the community and improving current treatments for patients.
Why did you want to volunteer at Innovation Works?
Volunteering at Innovation Works has allowed me to offer free health and wellness activities to the community, which is so important to me. I believe there should not be a dollar amount on physical and mental health.
What is the best thing that’s happened for you as a result of volunteering at Innovation Works?
I've gotten to meet some absolutely amazing people - both fellow volunteers and class participants. I love this community so much already, and am so excited to continue growing with all of you.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned as a result of volunteering at Innovation Works?
Volunteering at Innovation Works has been a whole new experience for me. I've learned a little bit of what goes into planning and running a wellness program (although all the planning and set up work was done by the time I arrived). I've also gotten to see some of the strategies used to keep a team supported and connected.
Thank you for all that you do, Alex! Stay tuned for more volunteer features.