As you may have heard, everyone's favorite volunteer coordinator-Vani Sohikian- is leaving Cooking Matters. Without a doubt, this qualifies as a grade-A bummer, but I can't help but be proud of Vani and wish her well on her way. Vani is known by Cooking Matters staff as an exceptionally hard worker and a true pleasure to have in the office. To our volunteers, Vani is their warm welcome to the program, the go-to contact and a consistent reminder that their work really counts (and to sign up for classes). It only takes a few minutes in one of Vani's classes to see how much she really cares about this program and its participants. Her ability to connect with and engage participants is something to be admired, and her impact here has been profound. OK, enough praise- it will go to her head. Let's find out what the future holds for our friend and coworker!
Where is your new job and what will you be doing there?
The Institute for Population Health in Detroit. It is replacing the Detroit Health Department, which is very exciting. I will be working as a nutritionist for the WIC (women, infants and children) department.
What do you look forward to at your new job?
I look forward to working with the individuals who benefit from the services provided by the institute and learning more about public health services offered to Detroit citizens.
What was your favorite type of class?
Adults. I like the older ladies.
Do you have a favorite CM recipe?
I have many. I love the apple crisp and the southwestern black eyed pea and corn salad. I also like the kid's cucumber sandwiches and the peanut butter and banana pockets...
It's so hard to pick! I have a few favorite moments. One of them is when one of my participants in Pontiac on the last day of class said that she had gone to the doctor that morning and her blood pressure, which had always been a problem, was completely normal because she was changing her diet. Another favorite moment of mine was when I was helping Jake with a demo for kids, and we made the tuna boats, the kids were like, "this is the best thing I've EVER had!". It was funny because kids usually hate tuna!
What will you miss most about CM?
The staff! Also working with volunteers and learning new things all the time. I will also miss those moments when you know you're really getting through to participants.
Finish this sentence: Cooking Matters because:
We all have to eat!
Thank You Vani, for all your hard work. You will be missed.
And don't worry, she'll be back to volunteer as soon as she is settled in her new job!