Volunteer Stories

Marva

Marva has worked to build inclusive & just communities

I sat at my desk and pondered over obstacles in my volunteer leadership role. I was exhausted, feeling utterly alone. And in my solitude, the timid little immigrant girl from Jamaica was front and centre. In Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s. famous proclamation, ‘what is required of greatness is service to others,’ I questioned –…

inge and eileen

Eileen & Inge are Jan’s Volunteers of the Month

For over 15 years Eileen and Inge have been volunteering together at East Wellington Community Services’ New To You thrift store. Each Tuesday afternoon they arrive together and spend the afternoon as a team helping customers find incredible deals in the little shop, which is the only clothing store in Rockwood. Eileen, a retired nurse,…

betty

Betty gives her time because she loves learning

Betty Jordan says she loves everything about books. She says books contain a certain magic, from the way they look, to the way they feel and the stories they tell. So it comes as no surprise that Betty volunteers her time in the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Library. “I think it’s great for the residents…

john

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…

thomas

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…

doug

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…