Faye Land: Volunteer Spotlight
January 28, 2018
"As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others." Audrey Hepburn
SALI's Farm runs on the power of volunteers! This Volunteer Spotlight is just one way of saying thank you!
If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Faye, you will know that she is a powerhouse in her own right, and will not stop until the job at hand is 100% complete. If you blink, you may miss her, she rarely stands still. And above all else Faye has a kind heart for people and animals. Happy Happy Day when Faye joined our team.
After reading an article about SALI, Faye decided that the farm might be the place for her. She says, "the farm seemed to have it all ... location, the children, the animals and a mission in which I have a passionate belief."
Since 2015, Faye has volunteered in many Children’s Programs, Animal Care and The Relocation Committee. She is also pretty handy helping to organize barn repairs! She feels that there are so many things that go on at the farm that a person can focus on one thing or become involved in an endless variety of interesting activities.
When not at SALI, Faye’s favourite place in the world is her families cabin which is on Indian Arm. Here she and her husband spend five months of the year. After a short ninety minute commute, forty of those on the water, she is surrounded by peace and tranquility.
One of her favourite experiences at SALI involves Barney and Clyde.
"The goats and I arrived at about the same time; actually they were there a few weeks before me. My introduction on the first day was Clyde peeing on the couch in the back yard. That was the start of our relationship. They were so adorable, like a kitten or a puppy, cute and cuddly and without horns. I would have taken them home in a heartbeat. The first year that I was there I was opening the farm one morning a week and that of course included the goats. It was my first day back after returning from the cabin so they had grown considerably in the five months that I had been away but not to worry, I was sure they would remember me. At that time, their home was in the barn where Gracie and Peanut call home. Each morning they had to be moved to the outside pen where they now live full time. So, I got everything ready, opened their pen up, asked them to come out, which they did, and to follow me, which they did not do. They just stood there, so I talked to them a little, reminding them who I was. Pretty sure it was Clyde who reared up on his hind legs, then head down, horns pointed in my direction started towards me…no contest, I locked myself in their pen. I was inside, they were outside. It was definitely a Kodak moment. It was pretty funny. I did eventually manage to get them safely to their outside pen".
Faye sees nothing but growth and success for SALI.
"SALI will no doubt continue to reach out to the four legged and two legged creatures that need them. They will expand and also serve other members in our society that are in need. They will develop new programs and strategies, and will become self sufficient and be recognized in the community as the gold standard. This will come to be because the leadership is exceptional and the volunteers are amazing. Many of the volunteers have been with SALI for years and they are a constant, they keep coming back year after year, month after month, and day after day. In that respect, I’m just a probee but proud to be a SALI volunteer."