Congratulations to our May volunteer of the month Marion Kyner! Marion first connected with our Chapter in 2011, when she filled in for a caregiver support group facilitator. She has continued to serve in that capacity supporting families in Farmville ever since! Marion loves to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association because she likes to help families navigate the difficulties of an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis.
Marion enjoys connecting families to resources, ensuring they do not feel alone when facing Alzheimer’s or a dementia diagnosis. Volunteering as a facilitator for the past 6 years has led Marion to meet many people through her groups. She has enjoyed being a small part of their lives. She is proud that her caregiver support group meetings have a steady attendance. Marion goes above and beyond to help our Chapter increase awareness about services and programs that we offer in Farmville. She often contacts radio shows and local newspapers in Farmville to spread the word about upcoming programs and support group meetings. She also helped organize a small Chapter-sponsored community forum in Farmville. She found and secured representatives of community resources to join attendees at the forum and helped sign up new volunteers for our Chapter.
Marion’s greatest passion is to educate people, facilities, and caregivers on dementia friendly practices. She is currently a certified dementia practitioner and certified care manager at the Woodland Senior Community in Farmville. As an RN, with a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing, Marion helps counsel families and residents going through challenging times. She has led multiple in-services for staff at the Woodland to make their facility a more dementia-friendly environment. In April, she attended the Dementia Friendly Virginia Conference along with our Chapter’s Family Programs Manager, Tracy Erlandson. She hopes to apply the insights from the conference to help make her community a better place to live for those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
When Marion is not working or volunteering she enjoys spending time with her husband, Randy, and her two young adult daughters, Anne and Mary. Together, they like to kayak and spend time outdoors. Faith is also a huge part of Marion’s life and she can often be found volunteering at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmville.
We are so fortunate to have Marion as a dedicated volunteer with our Chapter! To learn more about how you can volunteer, please visit our website at https://www.alz.org/seva/in_my_community_104988.asp