Volunteer Stories

Jeff is creating lasting change

” Creating lasting change doesn’t happen as the results of your individual actions but rather by the reactions from those actions carried out by others you can captivate along the way.” – Jeff Leask. Improving Lives.  Building Community. Through his volunteer support as a United Way Campaign Lead, Jeff Leask is a champion of change,…

Dr. Winegard Award Winners!

The Honourable Dr. William Winegard (September 17, 1924 – January 31, 2019) University of Guelph President 1967-1975, embodied the community spirit that is so prevalent at the University of Guelph. The Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards are in celebration and honour of Dr. Winegard and named on his behalf. Recognizing the contributions of…

Volunteering set me up to be successful with my future goals.

Volunteering can take many variations throughout one’s life even for those who are, or have been, in the volunteer engagement sector. “I had completed college and was almost done my university degree. I was still feeling uncertain about my future path” says Katrina Burch, Team Lead, Mental Health Promotion and Education Services, Canadian Mental Health…

I Believe Volunteering Is Very Rewarding.

“As an immigrant, I have a zest for supporting other immigrants” says Maryam Motia. “this yearning is also rooted in my academic background and pre-migration experiences. I obtained my Master’s in Counselling in Iran and used to work as a family counsellor with immigrants and refugees from diverse ethnicities.” As a result of her experience…

Dom Brightens The Day!

“I am a happy person to be with them” says Domenic Scorziello, ” it makes me feel good, like I am accomplishing something.” Volunteering with St. Joseph’s Health Centre began 19 years ago when Domenic volunteered to assist with gardening, a leisure interest that provides enjoyment to this day. When St. Joseph’s Health Centre (formerly…

Volunteering is part of my DNA

“Volunteering is part of my DNA” says Anne-Marie Simpson, Board Chair, PIN – the People and Information Network, “volunteers do so much for the community and doing my part is important.” Anne-Marie has been highly involved in her community throughout her life; through volunteering in preschool, school council, sports, neighbourhood and more. Learning about PIN…

Grace has a passion for helping!

“My volunteering at the Guelph General Hospital began when as a member of the Salvation Army, I visited patients on a monthly basis” says Grace Welch, “and Salvation Sounds, the singing group I am a part of that would visit and sing throughout the hospital.”  Grace continues “we were always well-received by both staff and…

Exceptional Volunteers!

“We first became involved with the Snow Angels through our program called the Live & Learn Centre” share members, “a Community Life skills Program for adults with developmental exceptionalities. Jason Dudgeon is the owner and he got us involved with the Snow Angels and other various volunteer roles to teach us how to give back…

Kelly supports physical and mental health

“Up and Running Guelph has given me the opportunity to share my passion for running and outdoor exercise with incredible women in our community” says Kelly Legge. “As a result, I have become part of something much greater than I could have ever imagined.” Offering friendly, beginner running and walking programs for women who are…

Dave loves to meet new people!

Dave Mokren has volunteered at the Guelph Food Bank for several years taking on various roles to help the organization and the work they do, ‘People Helping People’. The mission of the Guelph Food Bank is to create a supportive environment to improve the lives of their clients and Dave embraces and embodies all these…