Jul 7, 2017
"Bill Seidl is the definition of a true gentleman, a rare breed in a world filled with self-serving individuals. He humbly embraces his role and respects the dignity of all," says Tina Meverden, the volunteer coordinator at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
For the past two years, Bill has given over 100 hours to the museum as a SPARK Friend, working with individuals with early- to mid-stage memory loss and their caregivers. While facilitating discussion on a piece of artwork or assisting with the hands-on art component, Bill is sensitive to the needs of SPARK participants and makes the monthly experience enjoyable for all. "His soft voice and gentle demeanor while interacting with Museum guests provides an environment where visitors feel safe and appreciated," said Tina.
In addition to his role with the SPARK program, Bill serves in several other capacities at the Museum, as a greeter and recently as a docent providing tours for school and community groups, especially those with special needs.
"Bill brings a tremendous amount of joy to so many individuals at the Museum. From visitors to staff, multitudes are impacted by his spirit of love, compassion, and generosity," continued Tina.
Bill's interest in serving those who have memory-care needs is evident from his other work in the community, as well as his commitment to give back and his love for the people of North Central Wisconsin. He volunteers monthly at Memory Café, a social gathering for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, as well as at the Wausau Community Warming Center, Grand Theater, and North Central Health Care.
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