If you’re a regular reader of this feature, I think by now it’s clear how much the Beaumont Parenting Program volunteers do for the families they help. Those families receive invaluable information, incredible support and boundless caring. Each one of the BPP volunteers gives from their heart, with their mind and of their soul. Meeting this volunteer, however, got me thinking about how the BPP draws just the right people to provide that heart, mind and soul to our families; I found the BPP is a perfect picture of like recognizing like.
Meliné Topouzian is a 24-year-old woman from West Bloomfield who’s served as a Hearing Screening Volunteer for the past year. When asked what she learned from her experience as a Hearing Screening volunteer, Meliné discussed the value of clear communication and how the experience has improved her skills in that area. Meliné works in customer service for the Sports Club of West Bloomfield. Her hobbies include playing with her sisters, drawing and swimming. In fact, Meliné previously worked as a swim instructor for the Sports Club. In addition to her BPP volunteer work, Meliné also helps out 826michigan, a “non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students (ages 6 to 18) with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write”. Her favorite book is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and her favorite children’s books are from the Amelia Bedelia series.
Meliné spends most of her free time with her large extended family, and with their Armenian-American community. She and her family attend dances, sporting events, and even an annual summer camp with their community. She explains how most of her friends and even her first job come from these experiences. “It’s overwhelming, because there’s always something to do, but it’s also something I’m very thankful for”, explains Meliné about her activities.
Clearly, Meliné is a woman familiar with community and the benefits of strong bonds among its members. So it isn’t surprising that Meliné easily recognized those qualities in the BPP.
When asked why she chose to volunteer for the BPP, Meliné spoke of the team-oriented atmosphere, the positive environment created by the Beaumont staff and volunteers, and how she found in the BPP a cohesive team fostering community. And so it is that the BPP draws just the right talent to serve our families. Talent like Meliné, who brings her energy and commitment and love of family – in its broadest definition – to the families she serves at Beaumont Hospital as a Hearing Screening Volunteer. And every community Meliné is a member of is certainly richer for her presence.
– Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program Volunteer