Sandy Truman has been volunteering in thrift shops for 55 years.

Her first volunteer role was in a church thrift shop in Burnaby and from there she started a lifetime of volunteerism.

After moving to Merritt 16 years ago, she began volunteering with the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary.

She started at the hospital, providing televisions for patients, a role she filled for three years.

Following this, she became a volunteer at the thrift shop.

In her role at the thrift shop, she has worked closely with the auxiliary’s youth volunteers, which has been a lot of fun for her.

She has had the opportunity to watch them grow throughout their time as volunteers, seeing their skills and confidence develop.

Sandy has belonged to Beta Sigma Phi, an international sorority group, for 55 years.

She has also volunteered her time assisting seniors, taking them to medical and dental appointments, as well as bowling.

Sandy recalls her mother telling her that the best gift you can give to anyone is to give your time and that is something she has done throughout her life.

Her passion for volunteerism has been passed on to her daughter, who was a member of the auxiliary for five years.

Every day at the thrift shop is an enjoyment for Sandy.

She takes pleasure in working with her fellow volunteers and giving back to those in need in the community.

We are thankful for Sandy’s commitment and the passion she brings to her work at the Thrift Shop.

—Submitted by the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary