C19 Coalition Volunteer Highlight: Christina Timms
Up and downs.
This has been the typical trend for both COVID-19 cases and individuals. The month of September, for many, has abruptly sprouted, while safety regulations and masks requirements continue to exist. For other countries, COVID-19 regulations have lessened as cases trend low, but where mask wearing is common practice. This holds true for many Asian countries, including Thailand, where C19 Coalition’s Social Media Manager, Christina Timms, resides.
As an England born-Texan who has been living in Thailand for 5 years, Timms brings in a different perspective to C19 as she saw joining the Coalition as a way to impact and amplify the voices of those in the Coalition and beyond. Timms holds a diverse history in running and managing successful restaurants, which has translated into a Social Media Manager and editor. Her proactiveness and multi-functioning ability has allowed Timms to speak with everyone and in turn, broadcast the Coalition’s message as one.
Being involved in social movements and being apart of the change, no matter how big or small, has been Timms’ underlying motivator. Even after moving to a different country, Timms never stopped caring about the United States, or the diverse communities that live here. After learning about the Coalition through another team member, Timms knew that working with the coalition was a way to “fight the good fight now”. She continues to be a mentor and friend for many at the Coalition to continue this fight.
“It’s hard to say and I have no idea what is going to happen…so let’s take what we can and keep moving. It is often easy to be fixated on problems, however, when we begin to look at the bigger picture together, and all it’s moving parts, that’s when the solutions seem possible, together.”
Christina Timms, Social Media Manager & Volunteer
This is what Timms said when asked about how she sees the pandemic playing out. For Timms, the small victories matter.
Q&A with Christina Timms
Tell us about your background.
I was born in England but moved to Texas as a child, and lived in my hometown of Austin for over 15 years. In Austin, I graduated from St. Edward’s University, but most of my education came from growing up in the restaurant industry. In Austin, I was a Sommelier and had the privilege to manage one of the best farm to table restaurants in the city. After managing restaurants, I decided I wanted to do something different so I sold everything I had and bought a one-way ticket to England. I ended up hiking across Spain and visiting 11 other countries, then I found my new home in Thailand on Koh Lanta. I have lived here for 5 years, and during this time I have volunteered for local charities, worked in restaurants, changed careers, met and married my husband on the beach and we built a house together.
Because of my restaurant background, food and wine is something I love. Even more, I love spending time with my husband, our dog, Austin, and connecting with friends and family all over the world.
What made you interested in volunteering with C19 Coalition?
I lived in Texas for most of my life. I was really passionate about politics so it was always important for me to be a part of social movements and be a part of change, no matter how big or small. So when I moved to Thailand, I never stopped caring about this country. When I found out about C19 Coalition, I felt that working with the coalition was a way for me to fight the good fight now.
Now, I am the Social Media manager and editor. I manage a team to handle social media and get inspiration for the rest of my team. I am happy to be in the social media and content team because I get to speak with everyone and amplify their voices. By speaking with everyone, it also gives me the ability to see how I can be useful and multifunctional.
When you think about our mission, what motivates you to continue volunteering?
Because it’s not over yet, and it’s not going to be. This has proven to go on a lot longer than most of us realized, so our mission is to be sustainable and actionable so we can continue long after the cases have decreased. This virus has shown us that there are many systems that need to be fixed. That is what keeps me motivated.
How do you see this pandemic playing out?
It’s hard to say and I have no idea what is going to happen. There are vaccines being tested, so we are underway in that aspect, but who knows how and when that will help people all over the world. So, we need to continue to tackle this pandemic. Let us tackle what we can and keep finding ways to solve the problems that came with the pandemic as well as the problems amplified by it. We need to do our part to ensure the safety of as many people as we can. They matter. Then, we can keep moving forward.
To learn more about Christina Timms’ story, connect with her on LinkedIn!
If you are interested in joining Christina and volunteering with the C19 Coalition, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alizay Rizvi is a blogger with the C19 Coalition. She has worked on health equity programs, including at the American Heart Association, to increase diversity in the health and social justice sector and aid in finding solutions to lessen health disparities and inequities in the United States. As a young professional, she is passionate about educating and empowering her generation to become agents of change. You can find her on LinkedIn.