Marcia Adams-Aston – Admissions

I have been an active supporter of the United Way campaign at Carleton since I started working here in 1995.

My parents were very active volunteers, firmly believing in giving back to the community. They were involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, hospital fundraising, and numerous church-related activities. My dad was also a lifelong supporter of the United Way. Several times, he was the United Way Chair at Kodak Park, which employed 25,000 people. I enjoy helping with activities during Carleton’s United Way campaign, as well as donating to the United Way, partly in his memory.

In November 1998, my daughter was scalded in an accident and received second-degree burns. Sarah was off school for three weeks and needed to have her dressings changed daily for three months to prevent infection. The Queensway-Carleton Hospital set up the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) to come to our home to change Sarah’s bandages. The VON were wonderful—supportive, caring, professional. What’s more, the VON were our lifeline to the world, because my husband was overseas at the time, and it was just Sarah and myself at home together, dealing with her accident. It was a difficult time for both of us, and the VON helped us to pull through. Their service was priceless at no charge to us. The VON is one of the agencies supported by the United Way.

The United Way supports the community in a myriad of ways. I never thought we would need their help, but when we did, it was offered immediately.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-09b/501.htm

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