For the last forty-seven years, Linda Freiburger has been a health and safety volunteer; originally aiding the efforts of Farm Safety Association and now WSPS.
As amazing as her volunteer legacy is, she came to us as a result of another volunteer passion: her local Women's Institute branch (where she remains a volunteer to this day). Safety was a big component of the work they did. Working alongside Bruce County Home and Farm Safety, the Federation of Agriculture and municipalities, she quickly realized the big difference a small organization like ours could make. "You have always been a wonderful resource to the agriculture community; a quick phone call away when a tragedy occurred and so giving of your time and expertise when it came to educating rural groups," exclaims Linda.
She continually is reminded of the great work we do and remembers many instances where she had the pleasure of hearing from amazing speakers: a lady who lost her son in a grain wagon accident who then inspired equipment dealers to make the scale model wagon we use today; the OPP officer who spoke about road safety; the nurse who spoke about the misuse and importance of breathing with oxygen tanks. "The people at WSPS are good people. You reached out to us and helped us reach out to others. You listened to our questions, our requests and ideas."
Another memory that sticks with her is hearing Dr. Robert Conn - founder of SMARTRISK, a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives - speak. His words left a lasting impact and furthered her desire to be involved with us. Dr. Conn, a former heart surgeon who had to pick up organs being donated for transplant, would often learn the circumstances that lead to their death. Being witness to this over and over again, he noted that almost every incident was preventable. And he vowed to make a difference.
Similar to Dr. Conn, Linda vows to make a difference, but is quick to point out that she is not alone. "I belong to such a strong network of people here at WSPS. We all come from different walks of life, but are equally dedicated."
Linda currently sits on the Rural Agricultural Volunteer Group and lists working at Progressive Agriculture Days and meeting other WSPS volunteers as recent highlights of the job. She is a proud volunteer and advocate of WSPS. "My experience as a WSPS volunteer has been fun, fulfilling, educational and at times, mind-blowing," says Linda. "I've met some of the most amazing people."