July’s volunteer of the month: Fiona Wheeler

by | 5 Jul, 2014

Updates on what’s happening at Dean Court!



I’m slightly reticent to start writing about Fiona’s amazingness, because the truth is, she’s so brilliant that there are bound to be several things I’ll accidentally miss out on account of not being able to hold all her many lovely qualities in my head at once… but here goes. You can add in what I’ve missed in the comments section below!

Fiona is, quite simply, outstanding. She first came on board the Community Centre project only a few months ago when she saw news of our intended Summer Fun Day and willingly got involved (without coercion or bribery) to run my favourite stall that DCCA has ever boasted at any of its events – a free baby guinea pig cuddling corner. Since then, she has rapidly become a lynchpin of the Community Centre project and I can tell you with certainty that the grand opening of the centre would never have come to such brilliant fruition without Fiona’s spreadsheets, unfailing humour, and incessant badgering of anyone who might give us a raffle prize. And all this despite being very poorly the entire week before and duration of the event. Her ability to handle large volumes of detail is unparalleled and she is constantly modest about her talents and gracious in pushing others into the limelight ahead of herself.

All those who have ever had the good sense to e-mail us with a booking enquiry will have encountered Fiona’s prompt helpfulness and unerring sense of humour arriving in their inbox. No matter what the request, big or small, outlandish or simple, Fiona is adept at putting everyone at ease and letting our customers know how important they are to us. She will always go the extra mile and is ready to help out at the drop of a hat.

Not content with managing all our customers, their bookings and the invoicing, (I know, now you’re wondering what the rest of us actually do!), Fiona is also spearheading our brand new community initiative, Sunday Community Breakfasts, and has single-handedly created this endeavour from scratch. And did I mention she helps with guides, runs the local brownie pack and mentors young people? And breeds baby guinea pigs? And has a full-time, fully-demanding job as a solicitor?

Fiona, you’re incredible. We don’t know how you do it all, but we’re glad you do!

– Anna