Volunteer Stories

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…

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…