A tribute to an amazing philanthropist at the Unionville Home Society.
We had the privilege to film Jan Van Velzen, an active volunteer at Unionville Home Society, about the newly built Family room. This room is dedicated to her late husband Rob. I almost had the opportunity last year to interview Rob, but he was quite ill at the time. Looking back now, I only wish that I had taken that moment to capture him and find out what inspires him and what makes Rob such a great philanthropist.
I feel that through filming Jan and spending time talking to Rob’s daughter, Samantha (who is Co-Chair on the board), I was able to gain some insight about a man who dedicated a lot of time not just to his family and business, but also to giving back to the community. How does one person find the time to do all these things and be great at them all?
In a blog like this, there is never enough space to mention all the things that someone like Rob has done to contribute to his community. This man has definitely inspired me to look at our world with a more sensitive eye and I only hope to contribute to this community with the same vigour and intensity.