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Why I Give Back – Volunteering and Goat Yoga

by Daryl Madill, F.E.A.S.T. Board Chair

Greetings from my desk on the ‘left coast’ of the U.S. Here I sit at my laptop on a desk in the family room, next to the laundry room, and work away at my F.E.A.S.T. duties as Board Chair, former Around the Dinner Table mod squadder, lead of the Parent Support Lines team, and member of the Finance & Fundraising 2020 Committees. Whew…

How did I become involved with F.E.A.S.T.? It began 9 years ago when I met my first ‘ED parent friend’ and found the Around the Dinner Table forum. Peer support, both on the forum and in person got me through the ‘dark days’ when I couldn’t imagine that we would ever successfully overcome the eating disorder in our family’s midst. Two years after that, I joined the Mod Squad, and was really happy to be able to give back to other families, in a way that had been so meaningful for me. I was a member of the Around the Dinner Table mod squad for over 6 years and it was a real challenge for me to give it up, as I so value the camaraderie and wisdom of that group of dedicated parents. In fact, I still drop in to the ‘social’ channel to connect with that special team, which includes volunteers from Australia, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands a few times a week to share in their wisdom and humor. They are kind, compassionate, thoughtful, funny people…I am honored to know them all. I also know that our dedicated ATDTfb moderators are stellar, as are the many F.E.A.S.T. board members and volunteers who comment regularly on that channel to offer insight and support to parents worldwide.

It’s been really gratifying to get our Parent Support Lines team up and running over the past couple of months. They are a team of 10 members from the UK, Canada and the US. These parents take on a few ‘monitoring’ days a month to answer email inquiries or respond to Live Chats or voicemail messages that come in daily. They are expanding our ability to connect with families around the world, and I am so grateful and proud of them all.

What do I do when I’m not doing other work, both paid and volunteer outside of F.E.A.S.T.? I go on daily walks with my dog Oreo, ice dance (when not under quarantine), and read. Oh, and I did enjoy trying goat yoga last summer….

 

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