Volunteer Stories

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John has learned more about himself through volunteering

Volunteering has taught John Keunter more about himself then he ever could have imagined. After retiring nearly a decade ago, John has volunteered at five different places around the city, stopping at each position for about two years to learn as much as he can. “I switch every so often to find out what other jobs…

Lindsay believes the greatest leaders are often volunteers

Painted across the top of a room at Hope House are the words ‘a leader is someone who looks at the world, says it doesn’t have to be this way, and then does something about it.’ I love this definition. It speaks to the idea that a true leader is not just someone who occupies…

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Thomas shares his musical talents

Up and coming musician, 11 year old Thomas McIlwraith, can often be found at the Guelph Farmers’ Market busking, the proceeds of which he donates to the Welcome in Drop in Centre. For Thomas, this was a natural way to give to his community as he has studied music for 7 years and plays guitar,…

Joy Sloan

Joy Sloan is Nov’s Volunteer of the Month

After moving into the Elliott Community in 2012, Joy Sloan immediately became involved as a volunteer as a way to be involved and meet new people. Since then she has contributed over 1075 hours, an accomplishment she humbly speaks of: “I have had so many wonderful opportunities in my lifetime – and here is just…

Kithio

Volunteering has taught Kithio the pursuit of excellence

Volunteering is a central pillar in my life, and enriches every day in countless ways – by providing opportunities to learn new skills, build strong friendships, and afford chances to strengthen each new community I’ve settled in. Having lived in numerous places that span the globe, I’ve found that one constant ingredient present in all…

Sly is grateful for volunteers

Like so many Violence Against Women organizations, shelters & rape crisis centres, Women in Crisis (WIC) began when a small group of volunteers felt so moved to act that they founded their own community benefit organization to help combat violence against women and children. Indeed, it’s the drive and generosity of time by volunteers that…

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Doug peppers his time with volunteering

Like any small business owner, my days are alive with variety – meeting with new prospects, leading branding workshops, brainstorming ad campaigns, immersing myself in bookkeeping, taking the bins to the curb, and more. And between those daily occurrences, I make sure to pepper my time with volunteering – attending board meetings, writing news releases…

Sylvia’s passion is rooted in family history

“To be a great volunteer you have to be passionate about what you do,” says Sylvia Quinn. For Sylvia, her passion and volunteering motivations are rooted in family history. Sylvia has a special need’s son. That’s why she volunteers with organizations like Community Living and ARC Industries. “It’s a rewarding experience. It helps handicap people…

Glenna found a whole new world

Volunteering opened up a whole new world for me by providing me with a creative and inspiring outlet when I was working in a career in which I was uninspired. I met people with many different perspectives, backgrounds, and great personalities who have become close friends. I learned things about myself, and developed and discovered…

Murray

Murray discovered how special his community is

When my wife, Jessica, and I moved to Guelph in 2001, it didn’t take long for us to realize that our community is special. With a wonderful blend of old and new, urban and rural, warm friendly people of all cultures, great restaurants and craft breweries, an amazing arts culture, and a leading edge university…