Susie Corrie: WTAP Board Member and Super Volunteer
How long have you been volunteering with WTAP?
I began volunteering with WTAP in October 2013. I was asked to volunteer by Annette Bouw through the Dutch Club I found on line. One thing lead to another and I volunteer every chance I get.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working with WTAP?
The people I have met at WTAP are AMAZING. For example, Mary, who was once a Peace Corp worker in the 60’s and is now very connected to the local arts scene and has served on many boards. I’ve also met many volunteers from the National Charity League, the Catholic Charities women, and the Sorority ladies from Tempe; all wonderful people with great passion for WTAP.
Why do you choose to donate your time to WTAP?
My parents are immigrants from the Netherlands, arriving here after the destruction of their country by the Nazi. My maternal grandfather spent time in prison and only by chance missed going to a concentration camp. My paternal grandfather and aunt were killed in the bombing of northern Holland. My mother’s family of seven came to the U.S. with only furniture and clothing. My father was allowed to leave the Netherlands earlier as a single guy, arriving here with no money. I basically lived the life of a refugee child (I was born 2 years after my parents arrived here). WTAP is simply my way of giving back.
In what capacity do you volunteer with WTAP?
I pack every Tuesday for the refugee families that WTAP will be welcoming on Saturday. I promote WTAP to other non-profits, civic organizations, and businesses by doing presentations. I also work to organize the Cothes Closet. Whatever needs to be done, I will give it my best to help newly arrived refugees successfully begin their lives in the U.S. I am a recent nominee to the WTAP board of directors and look forward to contributing in a new capacity.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
When not volunteering, I am a caretaker for my 87 year-old mother. I am the mother of four married sons, I have 6 grandchildren AND 5 great-grandchildren! Plus, I am married to Doug Corrie, a Urologist at the VA hospital. I do all of my own landscaping and love to read. In my professional life, I was a teacher of students with special needs, with a concentration on Autism and transition.
What secret powers or talents do you have?
My secret power is the power of POSITIVE thinking…believe me it works!