When Djurdja walks through the front door of Wellspring she lights up the room with her wonderful energy and delight in greeting everyone – be they volunteers, program participants or staff. Her first experience in the ACE exercise program also led to her into becoming a generous Wellspring donor. When we asked her why she gives, her immediate response was, “It feeds my soul and fuels my spirit”. Now that she has participated in a number of Wellspring programs, Djurdja says she feels she is the one receiving the biggest gift.
When Djurdja and her husband Kruno talked about donating their beautiful white grand piano to Wellspring, they recalled how music has the ability to transport a person to another place: “You never know what life brings you, and music has always brought joy to our family as the children grew up”.
Alana, Djurdja’s daughter, joined her mother last Saturday at our first Wellspring Artisan Craft sale. “Our family”, she said, “has been the recipient of Mom’s giving for many years. Sunday dinners, which often included others who perhaps did not have family or friends in Edmonton, often ended as we gathered around this piano”.
In Djurdja’s own words: “I realize how similar we all are at the core – all wanting to be appreciated and loved. While my journey with cancer has been challenging at times, there have been blessings too. You can’t take anything with you – only the memories you have in your heart, the ways in which you give and through your giving – have made a difference”.