Volunteer Stories

jenn

Through volunteering Jenn continues to develop her skills

For me, volunteerism is about seeing yourself as part of the community. It’s about gaining meaningful experiences and feeling connected, about gaining a sense of accomplishment through opportunities that make a difference for others. The City of Guelph supports employee volunteerism through various policies and programs, including its Alternative Work Arrangement Policy and Leave for…

Celeste

Volunteering is an extension of who Celeste is

Volunteering is an extension of who I am. Through volunteering, I’m able to help others, build my community, strengthen families, and set an example for my children. Currently, I serve on the Volunteer Centre’s Board of Directors, with The Salvation Army, as well as on The Co-operators Charity Golf Tournament Committee. I also devote volunteer…

Will-Mactaggart

Volunteering keeps Will connected to neighbours & clients

Growing up, I saw first-hand how much fulfillment my father Bill gained from helping others. He comes from a farming background, where there’s a strong foundation of feeding families and helping neighbours. Volunteerism has been in the roots of our family for many generations. Bill’s wife Leslie had similar values instilled in her. All our…

sue

Sue’s volunteering helps her see the big picture

Throughout the course of my career, I have been fortunate to work for people – managers, CEOs, deans, and presidents – who have recognized that you must act like a leader in order to start thinking like one. (A sort of reverse of the ‘think before you do’ rule.) These folks have allowed me the…

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Amanda is November’s Volunteer of the Month

When Amanda discovered the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) was expanding their volunteer program (thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation), she contacted the GRCA immediately. Disappointed by the amount of waste left along the Belwood shoreline after the summer, Amanda encouraged the GRCA to help focus some volunteer efforts around her beloved stomping…

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Volunteering touched Jennifer and Jayme’s family

Jennifer Tremaine and her daughter Jayme volunteer together with the Canadian Cancer Society. This mother-daughter duo became involved with the organization after Jennifer attended a youth engagement fair and realized what an impact the organization’s volunteers have on the community. She immediately signed up as a volunteer with her daughter! Since then, Jennifer and Jayme…

Chantal-Kohler

Employer supported volunteerism is important to Chantal

I love working for Royal Canin, a company that provides its associates with time to volunteer for great causes in line with our mission – to make a better world for pets.  For example, last year I helped to clean up a leash-free dog park sponsored by Royal Canin, and to install a bench in…

marinus

Marinus is helping make a happy, healthy community

It’s a personal history that has Marinus Abrahame driven to help others at the Homewood Health Centre – one of Canada’s leading mental health facilities. In 2006, Marinus stayed in the Homewood for a few months as a patient. Now he uses his personal experience to help others. Marinus takes part in conversation groups that happen in…

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Kim is October’s Volunteer of the Month

Kim Timmerman has been a dedicated volunteer with Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (F&CS) since 2002. Kim started at the agency supporting parents and families as a Parent Aide. Her role was to engage the parent and provide support to families identified as being “high risk.” As time went on, Kim…

The Alexanders

Claire, John, Ian and Christina feel the value of volunteering

Claire, John and their children, Ian and Christina, are a family with a strong history of community involvement.  Claire sits on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington and each family member has personal experience volunteering in the community. For example, Ian is a soccer coach and Christina is an active member…