Volunteer Stories

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…

Lifelong Volunteer Nan Hogg

Nan Hogg is well known in Guelph as an artist, art teacher, and an energetic champion of the arts. For many years, Nan maintained a teaching studio in Guelph and continues to conduct occasional workshops for adults and has coordinated the art workshops program for the Wellington County Museum & Archives for several years. As…

Thank you Peter!

“Having retired from fixing computers since 2012, Peter Jaspers-Fayer is now able to indulge, almost full-time, his passion for the outdoors, back-country camping in conjunction with long hikes, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing” says Focus on Nature Executive Director Simon Bell.   “For the past two years, Peter has been volunteering with Focus on Nature,…

The Truth About Youth

We are delighted to share a successful initiative that highlights ‘The Truth About Youth’. Congratulations to all involved; in particular, the young people – leaders today, tomorrow and the future – for their passion and action! Background to the Project: Helen Edwards of the Seniors Centre for Excellence and Gabby Ieropoli, Community Youth Resiliency Worker…