Simpson has served as a member of the college’s Alumni Association and as a volunteer consultant for the annual Highlights in Medicine alumni reunion conference.
He’s also served as a mock interview facilitator to prepare medical students for their Canadian Residency Matching Service interviews. Additionally, he devotes his time to volunteering with the U of S Library and Persephone Theatre.
What specifically attracted you to volunteering?
DS: Now that I’ve stopped doing clinical practice, I’m mostly retired. Volunteering is another way of both filling in my time and contributing back to the college. As I grow older—and in my phase of life—we start to think about how valuable it was that we got through our careers. I think it’s the general idea of giving back when I have the time to do so.
What keeps you motivated to continue to volunteer?
DS: Mostly the satisfaction of meeting people, and especially younger people— when I’m dealing with students—to feel like I’ve added something to my own life.
What types of relationships and learning experiences have you taken away from volunteering?
DS: Meeting and interacting with people, especially younger people, rather than just dealing with the seniors, was one of the reasons for volunteering.
How do you aim to inspire others to get involved?
DS: I try to be an example of what to do. In the community, I sometimes mention it to people that volunteering is something I’ve done and enjoyed. I don’t go around and try strongly to get people to do things—only if it comes up in casual conversation.
The U of S celebrates the value of volunteering. Visit the alumni site to check out other volunteer opportunities.