Someone Who Cares A Whole Awful Lot


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The Face of Beaumont Parenting: Jill Thomson

In preparation for writing a volunteer profile on one of Beaumont Parenting Program’s (BPP) amazing volunteers, I always ask my subject to fill out a questionnaire about their role at Beaumont, their family life, and their interests. The answers a volunteer gives set the tone for their profile. Jill Thomson, the subject of this profile, set the tone with the very last line of her interview, when she quoted one of my very favorite stories, from one of my favorite authors. She said “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” That is a quote from The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, and it tells us a lot about Jill, because it is clear from all she has done for the BPP that she does care – a whole awful lot.

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Jill has performed many roles for the BPP. She has been a volunteer for over five years, and has leant her skills as an Individual Family Support caller, a Hospital Visitor, and a Group Leader. She has also volunteered in Post Partum Adjustment Support, and as an aide in the BPP office. With her Master’s Degree in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health, Jill is eminently qualified to provide support and encouragement to the parents and children in the Beaumont Parenting Program family. Her expertise also gives her a unique understanding of the importance of the work done by the BPP. She tell us that “one thing [she] know[s] for sure is that when parents feel supported and informed, they are then more likely to nurture their children in ways that promote healthy growth and development.” Jill has spent more than 5 years helping to provide that crucial support to BPP families.

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Jill’s expertise in parenting is not solely academic. She is the mother of three sons, Jeff (29), David (28), and Andrew (25). She and her husband of 35 years (Michael) experienced first-hand how hectic raising a family can be. When her boys were growing up, Jill placed an emphasis on family time, striving to make time in their busy lives to eat meals together. When the boys’ schedules grew busier, they started a family tradition of preparing and eating Sunday dinner together. Jill encourages all parents to make time to have fun with their children, even in the very busy lives we all lead.

In her spare time, Jill enjoys reading, and is involved in a book club. She also enjoys tennis and taking long walks on nature trails. Not surprisingly, given all of the time Jill has spent supporting young parents and their new families, Jill also values the time she gets to spend with HER family and her friends. All of our BPP families are grateful that Jill also enjoys volunteering, as she has made countless live better, because she has cared a whole awful lot. Thanks, Jill!

-Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program Volunteer

3 Responses to “Someone Who Cares A Whole Awful Lot”


  1. 1 Cedric A. & Inna K. January 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Jill was our coordinator and did a fantastic work. We are learned a lot and even after the one year meeting held by Jill, families from our parent group are still meeting and sharing our experiences. Thank you Jill

  2. 2 Rob, Rebecca & Austin February 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Jill was awesome to have leading our group! We all still look forward to seeing her at some of our meetings that our group has continued to have 🙂
    – Rob, Rebecca & Austin

  3. 3 dr. seuss hop On pop June 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    This is a topic which is near to my heart… Many thanks!

    Exactly where are your contact details though?


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