My Story Suzette: Artist, Teacher, and now Volunteer Coordinator

Get to know Suzette, who is serving her AmeriCorps year at the Tuckahoe Habitat for Humanity!

What are some things that are good to know about you? What are you proud of? What are some good tidbits to know about you?
I believe that everything that I have done in my life has brought me to this place; being involved in AmeriCorps as a Volunteer Maryland Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator. Seven years ago, I worked in a somewhat similar position at a wonderful non-profit organization in Canada – Katimavik. It was such an awesome experience that made me realize how much I believe in volunteerism. On a personal level, I am proud of raising two sons who are making their own ways as an adjunct professor and an artist/carpenter. It is heartwarming to me that they are such nice people and my single parenthood was the most challenging but rewarding part of my life. I am so grateful I got to be a mother, an artist, a teacher and now, a volunteer coordinator, and I love reflecting on how it all is connected.

Why are you doing a term of service with Volunteer Maryland and AmeriCorps? What motivated you to apply and accept this challenge?
I decided it was the right thing for me to do now, at this particular junction in my life. It was a conscious choice that I want to be a part of an organization that I have always respected – so to be a part of this, in any way, is so validating.

What are you hoping to gain from doing this? What skills are you looking to gain? How does this fit into your long-term goals?
I want to learn about another aspect of being involved with volunteers – adding to my own repertoire of skills. It fits nicely as one day I plan to return to Canada and continue in this world of non- profit. It is exciting to me to know that Habitat for Humanity is worldwide and in the same town of Orillia, Ontario where I had my Katimavik experience! How cool is that?!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Habitat for Humanity Tuckahoe you can visit or

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