Volunteer Stories

Delfino Callegari – Devoted To His Community

When you speak with Delfino Callegari, you can feel his passion for community. A humble man filled with incredible spirit and the love of people, Delfino has been volunteering with the Guelph and District Multicultural Festival for 31 years. Starting as a Board member with the Multicultural Centre (now Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington), Delfino recalls the…

Thank You Art and Dorothy Riley!

For over 30 years, Art and Dorothy Riley have been very active volunteers with the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA). In 1987, at the age of 55 and 60, Art and Dorothy were about to embark on a new journey that would lead them to an incredible circle of friends and an integral part of…

Kathryn

Kathryn wants to continue ‘paying it foward’

What does volunteering mean to me? Compassion. Sharing. Meeting new people. Giving back. I’ve been on the receiving end of caring volunteers who helped me when I needed it most. By giving my time to help others I’m able to ‘pay it forward’ – and I want to continue ‘paying it forward’ for as long…

Thank you Kathryn and Chloe!

“It all began the summer before my daughter was entering Grade 9. Being such an animal lover, she contacted the Guelph Humane Society to see if she could volunteer her 40 hours for high school” Kathryn says, “however, with Chloe being under the age of 16, a parent had to be present. Since I am…

james

James supports community initiatives that speak to him

I align my volunteer activities with my interests and proven skill-sets – including filmmaking, photography, and graphic design. This way I’m always having fun volunteering and am also able to share my talents with those eager to learn from me, collaborate with me, or teach me new things. For me, volunteering means strengthening communities in…

Pat

Pat is proud to volunteer with Kickz

I’m proud to have founded Kickz, an after-school soccer program for the youth of Shelldale Better Beginnings Better Future Neighbourhood (BBBF), and I am thrilled to continue serving as a Kickz volunteer. Kickz provides healthy after-school activities while offering opportunities for youth and police to interact in a social setting. In its ninth year now,…

Nicholas Holden is Volunteer of the Month!

As a University of Guelph Sociology student wanting to build his resume and gain life experience, Nicholas Holden has been a Friendly Visiting Volunteer at The Village of Riverside Glen since July 2016 as a dedicated volunteer visiting residents who are isolated. Nicholas was inspired by his Grandpa who volunteered at a retirement home in…

Snow Angel Families – Volunteers of the Month

“It’s good for families; so kids see you give back as well as doing good work as a family to help people” says Khaleed Khalfan about his family’s Snow Angels volunteer experience. In partnership with the City of Guelph, the Volunteer Centre leads a unique service for eligible seniors and persons with physical disabilities by…

angiolina

Angiolina believes volunteerism contributes to a healthy society

Volunteering is an opportunity to give back. Indeed, by supporting each other through acts of volunteerism we can all actively contribute to a healthy society. Much of my volunteer work is done through my church. Serving on a committee that’s sponsoring a family in refuge, helping organize Christmas drives, actively participating on internal church committees…

Jennifer is January’s Volunteer of the Month

Through many leadership and volunteer positions in the community, Jennifer Barson has supported a variety of programs, services and initiatives in Guelph including co-producer of ‘Rhymes with Elf’, a fundraising CD of local music that has garnered thousands of dollars for Ed Video and the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Using her vast skills and experience,…