Ronald L. Paré, Windsor



Ron has been a dedicated LDAWE volunteer since January 2009. He shared his story of why he volunteers for LDAWE in a special Windsor Star insert in honour of 2014’s National Volunteer Week. Read what Ron had to say in the article below.

“I Want to Give Back”

The Windsor Star | By Ronald L. Paré | April 2, 2014

Ronald L. Paré volunteering at LDAWE by preparing a mailout regarding an upcoming event.

I am a 26 year old young man who was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario.  I have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  This means that I am highly intelligent; however, I find it difficult to deal with complex social situations.  I first came to the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor – Essex County (LDAWE) as an adult when I was looking for support.  I found the college environment challenging and was not sure what direction I should take in regards to employment.  As a result, I attended LDAWE’s Employment Social Skills program.  I joined the Association’s Adult Recreation Group as well.

Afterwards, I decided to volunteer for LDAWE.  I have volunteered over 475 hours to LDAWE over the past 5 years.  When I first started volunteering, it was because I was bored and wanted something constructive to do with my time.  Now, I volunteer because I want to pay something back to my community.  In my volunteer role, I complete a wide variety of administrative tasks such as: photocopying, faxing, typing, preparing envelopes, and conducting the monthly health and safety inspection.

Volunteering at LDAWE has had a large impact on my life.  I feel that it brings out my potential.  The staff members at LDAWE are very nice.  They understand what it’s like to have a disability.  They take time to explain things to me.  It almost feels like a family dynamic at LDAWE, with everyone working towards a common goal and purpose.