Giving back is something Eva Penner enjoys doing. Penner is a frequent volunteer at local functions within the Amherstburg and LaSalle areas. Being involved and helping people is something the LaSalle resident loves to do. “I wouldn’t work for money unless I have to,” she explained. “I love helping people. People have helped me. I’d like to give back to people.”
A graduate of Western Secondary School, Eva reunited with one of her former high school teachers, Barb Brookbanks who encouraged her to volunteer. “We ended up connecting again which was nice and she asked me if I wanted to help with the community dinner in Amherstburg for Wesley United Church,” said Penner.
Penner also is involved with New Day, a self-advocate group through Community Living Essex County and has done various activities and exercises from making presentations at a Girl Guide and Brownie function to attending a self-advocates conference.
“I really enjoy it,” she said of her involvement with New Day. “I like to speak up for people who sometimes wouldn’t be able to speak up for themselves. I like to help them.”
New Day is something she added is “really important for me” but her volunteerism doesn’t end there. She is also involved with the local Meals on Wheels program as well as helping with a healthy snack program being instituted at General Amherst High School in Amherstburg.
Penner also values the relationship she has with Community Living Essex County. “Through their support I’ve discovered there are many opportunities for me to give back,” she said.