Volunteer Stories

Jane Volunteers With Grace and Pleasure

 ‘I believe the arts make a place special and help us understand our lives.  I love seeing the community embrace the arts because of our work. Whether it’s by attending events, buying creative work or donating money, seeing creative workers get recognition and remuneration for their work is so gratifying.’ says Jane Litchfield.  Jane is…

“We are deeply grateful”

“If you are wondering if the people who live here in Guelph have the strength to build up our community during a global pandemic, look no further than the beautiful example that volunteers at Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC) have shown these last few months.” says Sarah Dermer, CCSC’s Program & Volunteer Coordinator. “We are…

Marlene is a tireless force!

‘Marlene Allen is a tireless force.  She never stops moving and will do anything for anyone.’ says Brendan Johnson, Executive Director, Guelph Neighborhood Support Coalition (GNSC). Marlene Allen has been a key volunteer at the North End Harvest Market (NEHM) for the over 5 years.  The Market is a free fresh produce market for those…

Rachelle is truly a dream volunteer!

“WE Breastfeed & Chestfeed is a great place for me to volunteer because I enjoy serving others, it is inclusive of my family and I love to learn. I find it is a very welcoming and supportive place to be, especially when I was struggling.” says Rachelle Sloot.  “I feel appreciated as a volunteer and…

Joan is a star!

Over the years, Joan Burnett has been an avid volunteer and after her recent retirement, she was ready to begin giving back once again. In October 2019 after attending a health show at Palmerston Arena, Joan approached Kelsey Richardson, Meals on Wheels Coordinator at VON, a non-profit, charitable home and community care organization. Joan requested…

Ernst Fights Climate Change Everyday

“Even prior to retirement I felt strongly about giving back to Canada, my new home country for the more than 25 years it had treated me so well.” says Ernst Braendli, “Shortly after my wife Susanne and I moved to Guelph in 2016, we attended a meeting organized by Evan Ferrari at eMerge. His introductory…

‘I feel very valued’ says Maureen

As a long time advocate and supporter of children and learning, Maureen Oesch came to her volunteer role with the Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County (LDA) out of necessity. With a son experiencing a learning disability, Maureen began attending LDA events and became aware of the vast and helpful programming. As a result, she…

“I gain as much as I give”

Jan Muir started her roots of volunteering early in life and continues to be an avid, lifelong volunteer within the community. Most recently, Jan volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph (Habitat WDG) as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Family Services Committee, and at the…

Adopt-A-Family Volunteer Team brings a spark of shining light!

The Adopt-A-Family volunteer team brings a spark of shining light for many families in Guelph and Wellington during the holiday season. With a team of over 60 hard-working and dedicated volunteers, it’s no wonder they were awarded the Mary Carlin Award for Volunteerism at the Children’s Foundation Annual Gala in October 2019. “The Adopt-A-Family Program…

Noor is a Bright Light!

“Eager to use my background knowledge in psychology and apply it to practice, I was intrigued when I heard about J.O.E.” shares Noor Imadal-Deen. “Noor has always brought a strong sense of positivity and care with her to her volunteer position at Jobs.Opportunities.Enterprise (J.O.E.), a registered charity that provides meaningful, community-based training and employment readiness…