Marie Field was born in Torbay, N.L., in 1961, the fourth in a family of six children. Following completion of business courses, she spent the next 35 years working with the Canada Revenue Agency in both their St. John’s and, on occasion, Ottawa offices.
From an early age, Field had a number of seniors in her life who were important to her. Becoming familiar with SeniorsNL several years ago, she kept the organization in mind for a time when she was able to devote herself to volunteer work. That time arrived in October 2019.
Readers will recall the last edition of Senior Living reported on the official launch in October of the partnership between SeniorsNL, the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries and the NL 50+ Federation. Coincidentally, Field wandered into the A.C. Hunter Library in St. John’s at the same time the partnership launch was underway there.
Field wasted no time introducing herself to a SeniorsNL representative and inquiring about volunteer opportunities. SeniorsNL welcomed her on the spot and she undertook training to become an information and referral line peer support volunteer.
Field now volunteers one half day per week, taking calls from seniors and providing them with up-to-date information on programs and services and generally supporting them to make informed decisions about the situations and circumstances they want to address.
The knowledge she gained through her work with the Canada Revenue Agency is particularly beneficial for SeniorsNL, as the organization receives numerous calls from seniors with tax-related inquiries.
During the interview with Field for this article, it was revealed she particularly enjoys developing training material and giving presentations, both of which are a major part of the outreach component of SeniorsNL.
There is little doubt that SeniorsNL’s outreach co-ordinator will be pursuing further discussion with her along those lines as well.
When Field is not volunteering or spending time with family and friends, she enjoys travelling, particularly in other parts of Canada, the United States and Europe. Her next adventure will take her to Greece, Croatia and Albania.