2013 Everyday Heroes - Joan Dominy

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“It’s helping people, but it’s also helping yourself in knowing that people are getting something out of your work.”

A retired teacher’s aid for handicapped students, Joan Dominy has volunteered for the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross as a front desk receptionist for 17 months. Dominy became interested in helping out in her local community and saw the opening at the North Country Chapter office. After volunteering and learning more about the Red Cross, and all of the good done here, Dominy was glad she got involved.

Dominy sees the American Red Cross as a worthwhile organization simply because it is helping people. “We help people here, and I’m proud to volunteer for the American Red Cross,” she said. Dominy recognizes the good done by employees and volunteers of the Red Cross and was happy to learn that the Red Cross mainly helps people in her own community.

“Joan has added so much to our workplace. It is a pleasure getting to see her kind smile during the week,” said Laura Scarpino, Volunteer Management Specialist for the North Country and Adirondack Saratoga Chapters, “I feel that her compassion towards others really falls in line with the Red Cross and its values. I know that when Joan interacts with clients or callers, she will do everything she can to help them out. Her empathy and understanding is unparalleled.”

“I’ve been able to give information to people in need of help, and I’ve been able to help other workers so they can help more people,” said Dominy, “It’s helping people, but it’s also helping yourself in knowing that people are getting something out of your work.”

Born and raised in Plattsburgh, Dominy has a strong connection with her hometown. Her two favorite causes are the American Red Cross and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She loves to paint, read and visit with family. She is a “regular” at Arnie’s Restaurant.