Mina Savov: Journey from Wellspring member to volunteer

April 18, 2024

The first time Mina Savov walked through the doors of Wellspring’s Birmingham Gilgan House; she knew volunteering would be in her future.

But she understood the need to prioritize herself first. After having surgery for ovarian cancer and a preventative double mastectomy, she was just starting out on her healing journey as a Wellspring member. The step to becoming a volunteer would be later down the road.

Joining Wellspring

Mina heard about Wellspring through a close friend who would rave about the programs. Given she was hesitant to join Wellspring at first, her friend would use the tools she learned as a member to guide Mina through her cancer journey. Thankfully, Mina did decide to join Wellspring in 2022, taking the Chi Life and Meditation programs, along with seeing a Peer Support Volunteer which really helped her. “The only thing I’m sorry about is that I didn’t join Wellspring sooner. The energy of this place is amazing. I was so welcomed and finally felt at peace,” Mina says.

Becoming a Peer Support Volunteer

“I am now three and a half years cancer-free, and I feel wonderful,” Mina says.

Mina began volunteering as a Peer Support volunteer at Wellspring’s Birmingham Gilgan House in Oakville during January 2023. A decision, she says, that changed her life for the better. “The best part about being a Peer Support Volunteer is helping people and just being a listening ear. I remember every single person I talk to, and I am happy when they update me on how things are going,” Mina says.

Advice for future volunteers

“Having cancer can be a very difficult and long journey. But people don’t have to go on it alone,” Mina says.

Mina encourages anyone looking to become a volunteer to make the leap when they’re ready. “Not only can you be a Peer Support Volunteer, but you can also help with potlucks, events, summer barbeques, and lots more. The volunteers are a close, tight-knit group. To put it into perspective, I currently volunteer alongside the same Peer Support Volunteer who was there for me during my journey with cancer. It doesn’t matter how difficult some conversations are, every time I leave Wellspring, I feel amazing,” says Mina.

“Wellspring is a special place because of the people. It is such a safe haven. Everyone makes you feel part of a community.”

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