Deeply committed to caring for everyone, VCH staff and medical staff find ways to volunteer their time and expertise to give back to the communities where they work or live. Recently, Jordan Beard, Director, Medicine and Critical Care Services at Richmond Hospital, was named a 2022 Top 20 young leader in Delta by the Delta Optimist newspaper for his dedication and leadership to his community.
For the past year and a half, Jordan has been serving on the Board of Directors of the KinVillage Association, an organization that provides independent living, assisted living, seniors' supportive housing and long-term care services to seniors in Delta and Tsawwassen.
“I grew up in Tsawwassen and, as a teenager, I liked to get involved in my community. After moving to other regions in the Lower Mainland for several years to study and start my career, my wife and I decided to move back to Tsawwassen," says Jordan. “It a great community to raise a young family in."
The desire to give back
Soon after returning to Tsawwassen, a neighbour told Jordan that the KinVillage Association was looking for members of the community to join their Board.
Jordan was drawn to this opportunity to learn more about seniors care. He understands how impactful a quality care experience can have on seniors and their families as his own grandparents have benefited from the long-term care services provided through community organizations, like KinVillage.
“The housing services, adult day programs and other services that KinVillage provides are a hub of support and independence to seniors in the community. I saw the positive impact it had on my grandparents and wanted to participate and give back," he adds.
Jordan says that the attention on seniors care, especially in assisted living and long-term care, has been important during the pandemic. He worked with the Board to help them navigate through their challenges with COVID-19 and all the heath-related issues that came with the pandemic. He felt that a lot of great work came out of the group.
Achieving work-life balance through volunteering
Volunteering has had a great impact and has allowed Jordan to find some work-life balance. Over the past years, he was focused on his career and starting a family, while things like giving back to the community took a back seat. He says that his role with Richmond Hospital has given him the balance he needs to spend time with his family and take on opportunities to volunteer for causes and organizations that complement his life and personal values of supporting others.
“Working on the KinVillage Board has given me great perspective and appreciation to an area of health care that I previously didn't have a whole lot of experience or familiarity with. I probably wouldn't have developed such an appreciation for the work that is done around seniors care in my community had I not joined the board," says Jordan.
Volunteering in the community is a family affair
Volunteering in the community to find balance in their everyday lives and to lean in on issues that impact community members runs in the family. Since 2019, Jordan's wife Erica, has served as Trustee on the Delta School Board.
For his efforts and work in the community, Jordan was named a 2022 Top 20 Leader Under 40 for Delta, sponsored by the Delta Optimist. The honour highlights young leaders who give back to the community and help make the community a better place to live.
“I'm humbled to receive this recognition and to be in the company of other great young leaders who I grew up with and have seen become successful in their own way," he says. “It highlights how proud young people are of their community and are willing to give back their time and energy to support the community and to see it prosper."
Jordan has some advice to staff who are thinking of volunteering in their community, but think they don't have the time.
“With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. It's important to remember that giving back any amount of your time, even just a couple of hours a month, can offer vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes and the community. You will be rewarded knowing that you've made a difference to those that you've helped."