Meet Kathy Brewer, former Sharing Life Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the month this November.
How did you get involved with Sharing Life?
My husband and I volunteered at Sharing Life a couple of times with our church. At a women’s retreat, I was asked to pray for Teresa (Sharing Life’s Founder and CEO) and, the next day, I told my husband I felt God telling me I should volunteer to help her personally. I took my resume to her and shared that with her, telling her if that was crazy, she could send me home right there and then. Instead, she told me I wasn’t crazy and I started volunteering that week – six years ago this month.
What is your role and what does it entail?
I am Teresa’s executive assistant, working twice a week on special projects and anything else she needs. Currently, I serve as a liaison with the Board of Directors, making sure all the legal documents are organized and kept in a safe place.
What is most rewarding about your role?
It seems as though God has been preparing me my entire life for this position. I’ve done a variety of things and utilized all the skills I’ve learned from my previous jobs. Plus, I love working for Sharing Life, whether it’s the staff, the clients, the Board, or our outside partners. It’s a fantastic organization!
What challenges do you face?
My biggest challenges come from the fact that
I’m a dinosaur and am not familiar with all the technical advances that come naturally to many of the staff members. However, I keep trying and ask a lot of questions if I need to figure out how to do something new!
How long have you lived in the area?
I’ve lived in the Mesquite/East Dallas area most of my life, graduating from Bryan Adams High School before attending college at UTA.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memories reflect the time in which I grew up. My friends and I would play outside all day and come home only when it was time for dinner. The freedom I experienced then is something I wish today’s generation could enjoy.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include cooking, traveling, different types of needlework, working in our pecan orchard, and trying to keep flowers in my flower bed instead of weeds and grass.
What’s something about you that readers would never guess to be true?
Most readers probably don’t know that I used to have a column in The Mesquite News called “Pillosophy”, which I wrote under my maiden name – Kathy Pill