Our People, Our Peninsula: Kathy Booth is a ‘weather shelter hero’

Volunteering gives PH2H volunteer a sense of purpose and meaning

Kathy Booth is described as “a hero on the Extreme Weather Shelter front!” by her colleagues at the Peninsula Homeless to Housing task force. (Contributed photo)

Kathy Booth is described as “a hero on the Extreme Weather Shelter front!” by her colleagues at the Peninsula Homeless to Housing task force. (Contributed photo)

Volunteers are the backbone of a community. In the May 19 edition of the Peace Arch News, we published our second annual Our People, Our Peninsula section, in which we profiled 11 individuals whose volunteer efforts help shape White Rock-South Surrey into the strong and vibrant community we call home. Below is the profile of one such volunteer.

Nominated by the Peninsula Homeless to Housing Task Force as an unsung volunteer, deserving of recognition for her tireless efforts, Kathy Booth has led the EWS for many years and through many transitions.

The organization describes Kathy as “a hero on the Extreme Weather Shelter front!”

Q: How long have you been a volunteer with PH2H/EWR Shelter and why this cause specifically?

I began attending Peninsula Homeless to Housing Task Force meetings and volunteering with the Extreme Weather Shelter in 2014 when I became very concerned about homelessness and the lack of affordable housing on the Peninsula.

I had formerly volunteered at First United in the Downtown Eastside and then recognized that the need was present right here in my community. This need is now critical.

Q: How has volunteering with PH2H Task Force benefited you as a person?

I have been continually inspired by the commitment and skills of the many other volunteers, agency partners, and faith community members who educate, advocate and advance affordable and safe housing for all.

It is empowering to be part of a team working together for the human right to have a safe home. At every meeting, I learn valuable information, have opportunities to strengthen relationships and make new ones.

Q: Why is it important to you to volunteer your time?

Volunteering gives me a sense of purpose and meaning. I am very grateful to have met so many caring and compassionate people at the PH2H Task Force and the EWR Shelters.

Q: What advice to you have for people who are thinking about becoming a volunteer for the first time?

There is a volunteer group or organization for everyone. What are your interests? What gives you energy?

Talk to others who volunteer about their experiences. Volunteering is rewarding and you decide how much time you would like to give.

Your world will expand and there are limitless possibilities when volunteering.

If you are interested in supporting shelter and housing for all on the Peninsula you are most welcome to attend our monthly meetings. (Peninsula Homeless to Housing Task Force (ph2htaskforce.org)

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