Volunteer Stories

Alison discovered a real gem!

Alison discovered one of the best things about Guelph! Ignatius Jesuit Centre, where nature gives strength to mind, body and soul, is dedicated to providing programs that foster an ecological way of life, nurture a deeper spirituality, promotes the production of sustainable food and more including a community garden. Alison Dunkley learned about the garden…

Dave Supports Community Changemakers!

Retirement can offer a blank canvas to create a beautiful visual of new opportunities, people and experiences. For Dave McConnell, retirement included volunteering and the opportunity to support several organizations including Action Read, The Elliott, Guelph Film Festival and Doors Open. Guelph – Wellington provides many opportunities for individuals to volunteer; to become involved in…

Congratulations to the 2018 Winegard Award Winners

The Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards are named for William Winegard, former University of Guelph president and former Guelph MP who served as Canada’s first minister of science and as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade. This year, during two award presentations,  the awards were presented to: Dr. Lianne Foti, Assistant…

Anu is loved and respected!

After living in Canada for almost 20 years, Anu Saxena felt it was time to get involved; she wanted to give back to her community. In 2011, she began volunteering with the Guelph & District Multicultural Festival (GDMF); the perfect opportunity for her to explore the various aspects of volunteerism and learn more about her…

Music To Our Ears!

The Suzuki String School are our Volunteers of the Month!   Since 1972, the Suzuki String School of Guelph (SSSG) has raised funds, organized activities and performed at countless community events to meet its goals. SSSG seeks to advance the art of music, build communities, provide accessible music education to all members of our communities, create…

Richard Exemplifies the Positive Impact of Volunteerism

Richard James has been a dedicated volunteer with PIN, The People and Information Network (formerly the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington) since 2005 but was very aware of the organization’s inception in 2001 through his solid knowledge of community happenings; always a supporter, Richard popped in the office to learn more. Not only did he…

Lucy is a Shining Example

For over 60 years, The Heart and Stroke Foundation has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke and relies on volunteers with a wide variety of skills to help. With their generous contributions of time, commitment and appreciation for the cause, volunteers are vital to the work of Heart and Stroke. Lucy Kloepfer, a…

Meacheal is Building Homes, Building Communities!

Meacheal Vuylsteke has been a vital member of the Habitat for Humanity team for 2 years and has worked on a variety of different projects including builds, kitchen salvages and assisting in the Guelph ReStore.   “I became involved with Habitat for Humanity after witnessing their willingness to assist in life skills coaching for several…

Thank you Marj!

Definition: Marvelous – superb; excellent; great; such as to cause wonder, admiration, or astonishment; surprising; extraordinary. “The Heart and Stroke Foundation – Wellington/Dufferin chapter feel that the above definition perfectly describes Marj Euale.” says Area Administrator Beth Kerr. ‘Marvelous Marj’ joined the Heart and Stroke Foundation in 2008 during the annual door to door Heart…

Ted is helping to build a vibrant, healthy and resilient community!

Ted Drewlo has supported the development of HOPE House from its inception. “I became involved with volunteering after I retired. I was looking for something to do related to HOPE House. I belong to Lakeside Church and I was involved with the purchase of the old United Church and the setup of the HOPE House…