Name: Susan Summers
Committee: Weekend Transport
Number of years volunteering: 25
What memory stands out most when you think of your time at the Festival?
So many memories it’s difficult to pick one! I would say one of the ones that stands out for me is being able to meet Pete Seeger when he was headlining the main stage on Sunday night at the 1989 festival. I was driving the shuttle the Sunday night when he got off stage and drove him back to Gage Towers where he was staying. He was a lovely man who was as real in person as he was on stage, and I was touched by his graciousness and authenticity, in his music and in his life. Being graced by his presence was a special memory.
Why do you volunteer for the Festival? What inspires you?
I like to contribute to and support things I love. I have volunteered with many friends over the years so it is fun to be together every year. I enjoy meeting new people and the performers through my shuttle committee role. I am inspired by people who give all of themselves to the festival – many people doing overnight shifts. It’s still amazing to me that the festival is run mostly by 1400+ volunteers and that it works as well as it does each year.
What’s your favourite part of the Festival?
Another difficult decision! I love the evening main stage concerts as the sun is setting, the lanterns come out and everyone is in their happy place, listening to great music and sitting together with their family and friends, in a huge community that represents the best of humanity: hope, trust, peace, love, and community.
What advice would you give to new volunteers?
Do it! Find the committee that best suits your interests and passions. Give your heart and yourself to the festival – feel free to let the music, the community, and the beautiful setting of the festival heal you and offer you abundant blessings!