This month, the Volunteer Spotlight is on Susie Walek! Susie has been a NAMI member since 2014, and began facilitating NAMI Connection support groups shortly thereafter.
Speaking on her early interactions with NAMI CVA, she says “Something fundamental shifted in me with my first support group meeting and opened up a road to recovery I could not have imagined. I am grateful NAMI offered me the opportunity to volunteer. It was life-changing to discover all my struggles with mental illness were actually strengthening me to pull up those following after me.” Susie has led the support group at St. Lukes United Methodist Church in North Chesterfield for almost six years.
Susie currently works as a Customer Account Manager for Capital One. “There was a time when I did not see myself working full-time again in a productive way, and now I am enjoying all sorts of new adventures, including my career.” She is eager to try new things and make new friends. Susie loves yoga, meditation, long jogs in nature, reading, crafts, and whatever else she can get into.
Thank you Susie for your years of service to NAMI CVA and the Connection Support Group program!