Volunteer Spotlight: Marv Wheale
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This is our third edition of Volunteer Spotlight, and our featured volunteer is Marv Wheale. Marv has been a valuable addition to our volunteer team since the summer of 2011. He is a devoted and eager worker and his kind spirit and frequent words of encouragement are an inspiration to all of us.
Location: South Vancouver
I adopted a vegan diet in January of 2005.
How long have you been involved in animal rights advocacy, and what made you get involved in the first place?
I have been an animal rights proponent for a few years. I was a profeminist advocate for many years prior to animal activism. It was Carol Adams who transformed my perception to see them as inseparable issues. Male dominance or patriarchy has laid the foundation for how animals and women are treated in world society. Men have constructed all our governing institutions which must be reconstructed for full equality to occur.
How did you hear about Liberation BC, and what made you decide to start volunteering with us?
I was made aware of Liberation BC via the Animal Voices Radio Show on Vancouver Coop Radio. Farmed animals are the most exploited on the earth in terms of numbers, confinement and treatment so I thought it would be best to focus on them which Liberation BC does.
What sort of volunteer activities have you done with Liberation BC, and what’s your favourite form of outreach?
I have participated in Liberation BC’s letter writing campaigns, leafletting, sign making and walks. Disseminating educational materials is my preferential activity because of the one-to-one engagement with the public.
Do you have any particularly fond memories of a specific event, or a great story to share?
Not a particular story or event. It is the feminist vegans that I have met at Liberation BC who are an inspiration to me. They are also a special source of solidarity and joy.
What is your full-time job?
I am a home care provider for seniors and disabled people. Right now I am only employed part time (not by choice).
What do you do for fun in your free time?
I love to read, run, exercise and gather together with kindred spirits.
And lastly, what is your favourite vegan-friendly store and/or restaurant in Vancouver?
I have very limited discretionary income so I rarely frequent eateries or specialty shops. The Vegan Pizza House is my preference though.
Thank you, Marv!