From a very young age, Susan Lott Bernava has been deeply committed to charitable work in her community. It was in 2003 that she first heard of Make-A-Wish and began her journey as a volunteer wish granter in the Niagara region.
“I’m very much a people person,” Susan says. “Volunteering with Make-A-Wish is the perfect fit for me because I love working directly with families. Many of these children have been through traumatic events and it feels great to be able to help them find the happiness they deserve.”
Susan shares the story of a 10-year-old girl she worked with recently, whose wish had an immediate impact.
“She was very shy at first and couldn’t handle a lot of attention; however, once she returned from her wish trip, she had a newfound confidence. So much so that she went back to school and stood up in front of her class to speak about her wish and medical condition.”
Susan extends her passion for wish granting to those around her. She often works with local businesses to secure in-kind items for the wishes she works on, raising awareness and rallying support. Susan also attends local fundraising events, acting as an ambassador for Make-A-Wish.
We thank Susan and all volunteers who help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses across Canada.
Submit an application to volunteer with Make-A-Wish at makeawish.ca/volunteer.