Volunteer Profile – Kelly Drover
How many camps have you attended?
Why do you volunteer for Feel the Magic®?
I lost my husband suddenly and unexpectedly. Having a young child, I was faced with the challenge of dealing with my own loss and devastation, whilst still supporting my son with his own heartbreak. I wanted to use my experience to give back to others and to be able to make a difference in the lives of grieving children. Doing this actually proved to be quite cathartic for my own grief journey.
What is your favourite season and why?
Summer! It’s so rewarding on the final day of Camp seeing the growth in the Campers and watching them celebrate and share what they have learnt with their fellow Campers and families.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve heard about grief?
Grief is not linear. Grief is real. It’s unavoidable and part of human life. And we don’t need to suppress it in order to survive it.
What inspires you about our campers?
Watching these children who have experienced such devastation coming to Camp and living out the Feel the Magic values – growing together, empathising with each other, empowering and connecting with each other. They are so brave and their strength is something that I really admire.
A final note from Kelly:
I’ve had the honour of attending Camp Magic not only as a Mentor, but also as a parent, when my son James attended. It has been a life changing experience, watching Campers grow and being able to witness the benefits of attending Camp. It has also been a great way for my son and I to learn new tools and to communicate in the same language when dealing with our emotions and our grief journey. The Feel the Magic community feels like a second family to us now.