Volunteer Stories

Music To Our Ears!

The Suzuki String School are our Volunteers of the Month!   Since 1972, the Suzuki String School of Guelph (SSSG) has raised funds, organized activities and performed at countless community events to meet its goals. SSSG seeks to advance the art of music, build communities, provide accessible music education to all members of our communities, create…

Richard Exemplifies the Positive Impact of Volunteerism

Richard James has been a dedicated volunteer with PIN, The People and Information Network (formerly the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington) since 2005 but was very aware of the organization’s inception in 2001 through his solid knowledge of community happenings; always a supporter, Richard popped in the office to learn more. Not only did he…

Lucy is a Shining Example

For over 60 years, The Heart and Stroke Foundation has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke and relies on volunteers with a wide variety of skills to help. With their generous contributions of time, commitment and appreciation for the cause, volunteers are vital to the work of Heart and Stroke. Lucy Kloepfer, a…

Meacheal is Building Homes, Building Communities!

Meacheal Vuylsteke has been a vital member of the Habitat for Humanity team for 2 years and has worked on a variety of different projects including builds, kitchen salvages and assisting in the Guelph ReStore.   “I became involved with Habitat for Humanity after witnessing their willingness to assist in life skills coaching for several…

Thank you Marj!

Definition: Marvelous – superb; excellent; great; such as to cause wonder, admiration, or astonishment; surprising; extraordinary. “The Heart and Stroke Foundation – Wellington/Dufferin chapter feel that the above definition perfectly describes Marj Euale.” says Area Administrator Beth Kerr. ‘Marvelous Marj’ joined the Heart and Stroke Foundation in 2008 during the annual door to door Heart…

Ted is helping to build a vibrant, healthy and resilient community!

Ted Drewlo has supported the development of HOPE House from its inception. “I became involved with volunteering after I retired. I was looking for something to do related to HOPE House. I belong to Lakeside Church and I was involved with the purchase of the old United Church and the setup of the HOPE House…

Thank You Kathy!

‘I would love to get involved there!’ thought Kathy Andrews after visiting a National Volunteer Week celebration and Open House at PIN (formerly the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington). 10 years later, Kathy’s love for the work of the organization and impact of Kathy’s support continues.   ‘There are many highlights of my experience with…

Improving Lives Locally!

Thank you Irene Thompson for improving lives locally with the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin! As a member of the Campaign Cabinet, Irene volunteers alongside others to help run the annual fundraising campaign. Specifically, Irene co-chairs the United Way Leadership Giving committee which aides in attracting and retaining Leadership donors. ‘Irene often volunteers her…

Michael is ‘Building Brighter Futures’

After learning about the vision of the late Terry Jay, local arborist and entrepreneur instrumental in developing the inaugural 2013 Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington (CFGW) ‘Trees For Tots’, Michael Douglas was inspired to help keep Terry’s vision alive through volunteering. “It gives me a great sense of pride to know that I am helping…

Giving the gift of music!

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” – Plato Imagine the opportunity to give the gift of music to others; Catherine Meng, volunteer musician at The Elliott Community does exactly that. As a Third Year University of Guelph Biomedical Science student, Catherine focuses…