Volunteer Stories

Judy is Dedicated to Helping People

Judy Rouse has been volunteering for five years with HOPE House. Stacy, HOPE House Volunteer Coordinator, has noted that Judy has been a reliable and consistent volunteer even through COVID and appreciates her hard work and support. Judy’s volunteer journey with HOPE House started shortly after she retired from working as an HR manager for…

Your efforts are an inspiration!

Volunteers are a powerful human resource. Volunteer Canada research indicates that 44% of the population in Canada volunteers. 12 million Canadians, in Ontario alone there are 5 million volunteers. In Guelph Wellington? That could be upwards of 100,000 individuals volunteering! From supporting new parents with breast feeding and chest feeding to programs for toddlers, helping…

‘My volunteer experience has been so rewarding’

‘My volunteer experience has been so rewarding.  I enjoy knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives.  That I can help them to avert a crisis by providing information, empathy or simply listening.’ says Clair Bowman Clair Bowmen was among the first group of volunteers to join the new Distress Line Program when…

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…