Volunteer Stories

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…

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…

Konrad is a positive role model!

Konrad Babol has been volunteering with Family and Child Services since July of 2017 and his efforts have been invaluable. Wanting to give back and get involved with the community, Konrad expressed that when volunteering with Family and Child Services he has always felt supported and encouraged, which has created a positive experience with this…

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…