My husband Derek, and I, began volunteering at Westfield Heritage Village in Summer 1994 helping in several areas but mainly on the Train Station and in the Dry Goods store, collectively amassing more than 12,000 volunteer hours since 2000.
History has always been an important part of our lives and Westfield provides an opportunity to share our love of Hamilton and the surrounding area’s interesting past.
Regularly meeting people from across Canada, the United States and around the world is a special ingredient in our volunteer experience. The friendship and camaraderie among staff and volunteers is an important part of being a Westfield volunteer, and passing on our enthusiasm for the Village is an enriching experience. Derek passed away in August 2010, leaving a bequest for a commemorative bench to be made and installed on the Train Station. Donations, in his memory, will be put towards the restoration of the Westbrook House. Life is forever a learning experience and introducing many generations to our cultural heritage is an important component of education for everyone. I continue to support Westfield as an active volunteer and as Past President of the Friends of Westfield Board of Directors.
Margaret Firth, September 2011