Class of 2021
Rhonda Robinson is a tireless volunteer who gives of her time all around the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region. Originally from Grande Prairie where she raised her son, Rhonda now works at Wood Buffalo Wellness Society as the Tawa Program Manager and at the Centre of Hope.
She sat down with YMM and talked about her strengths, challenges, and what motivates her.
YMM: What are you best at?
RR: I love lifting, encouraging and connecting with other women. There is nothing more powerful than doing this and seeing someone begin to believe in themselves and lift their heads a little higher. Encouragement becomes the basis which I interact with people even when they are venting or complaining. It is always a slight transition to the positive even within a small way. I also love supporting local businesses, especially those owned by women.
YMM: What is the biggest challenge you have taken on this year?
RR: For me the biggest challenge I have taken on is to do less and to practice just being. This started off with COVID and being forced to stay home and only having my dog for company I was forced to slow down and take a step back from volunteering in person and attending local events in the community on my “down time”. I have always been a doer and kept myself very busy with little relaxation and rest time, I am proud to say that I can now relax and “do nothing” by staying home and having time to myself to recharge and reflect and rest. This has allowed me to be more connected to what is important and most important to me which is time. Now I can prioritize myself with my time and be more selective on who and what gets my time. Saying no to things I would normally say yes to has been a great way to balance my time.
YMM: What motivates you?
RR: I am motivated by love. I feel that if I do all things in love then I can not be steered wrong or steer anyone else wrong. If I am struggling it is because I am not loving someone else or myself exactly as we are in that moment. One never knows the impact of treating someone in a loving way. This can be a smile, a hello, donating time, donating money, providing a ride, and so much more. A person will always remember how you made them feel and is likely to do the same for someone else. This is how I choose to define Karma. Society and all it is comprised of, but especially people need more love.
YMM: Who is your hero?
RR: My mom is my hero. She is a strong independent woman who has survived cancer. I have never heard my mom complain about any part of her life to me as her daughter. I can only imagine the sacrifices that she has made. My mom has always made things happen that needed to happen for herself and for me and my son. She has been my biggest supporter and cheerleader in my good times and in my darkest days she never gave up on me. With such a strong mom I had no choice but to be strong and to take her lead. She also taught me “it is what it is” which has led me through many challenges and successes in life.