Volunteer Stories

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Marinus is helping make a happy, healthy community

It’s a personal history that has Marinus Abrahame driven to help others at the Homewood Health Centre – one of Canada’s leading mental health facilities. In 2006, Marinus stayed in the Homewood for a few months as a patient. Now he uses his personal experience to help others. Marinus takes part in conversation groups that happen in…

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Kim is October’s Volunteer of the Month

Kim Timmerman has been a dedicated volunteer with Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (F&CS) since 2002. Kim started at the agency supporting parents and families as a Parent Aide. Her role was to engage the parent and provide support to families identified as being “high risk.” As time went on, Kim…

The Alexanders

Claire, John, Ian and Christina feel the value of volunteering

Claire, John and their children, Ian and Christina, are a family with a strong history of community involvement.  Claire sits on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington and each family member has personal experience volunteering in the community. For example, Ian is a soccer coach and Christina is an active member…

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Marissa feels lucky to be encouraged to volunteer

Volunteerism to me is not only about giving back, but also about encouraging those around me to join in. Helping people realize that we all have something to give and that every small little act of kindness counts is what truly drives me. I am currently the President of the Board for Big Brothers Bis…

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Happiness is a side effect of volunteering says Ray

Ray made a career out of working with unions, but now as a retiree he says he is gaining more as a volunteer than he did making money. Ray volunteers with Habitat for Humanity – an organization that helps low-income families build and buy simple, decent, quality homes. While Ray primarily worked in an office during his career, he says…

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Evelyn is September’s Volunteer of the Month

It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to a cherished friend and volunteer, Evelyn Herron, who passed away this summer on Friday, July 8th. Evelyn was an avid volunteer with many organizations including the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington and the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination. We’d like to take this…

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Volunteering gives Jim and Irma dimension to their lives

Jim and Irma LeClair are longstanding volunteers at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. They have volunteered for 14 and 20 years respectively. Their work with the Foundation all started when Jim became involved with Curl for Heart because of his experience with curling. Since that initial contribution they have both held many volunteer roles, including sitting on…

Rich-Moccia

Rich says by volunteering you get back more than you give

Volunteerism is the lifeblood that flows through the veins of the University of Guelph. It’s valued, rewarded, and remains an integral part of the university’s culture. As employees, we are encouraged and enabled to serve as volunteers whenever we can, for whomever we are able to help. And to encourage our students, so that they…

Patricia-Tersigni

Patricia feels volunteerism can make a meaningful difference

Whenever there’s a volunteer need, the University of Guelph is there! Indeed, volunteering has a long history at the University and opportunities to volunteer abound across every area of the campus. In 2015 the University, supported by the institution’s leadership and countless hours given by volunteers, raised a record-breaking $625,000 for the United Way Campaign.…

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Bill, Doreen & Vera are August’s Volunteers of the Month

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph has been a staple of the Guelph community since its origin in 1861. Its values of compassion, accountability, respect and excellence are no better demonstrated than through its dedicated volunteer base. Included in these volunteers are Bill and Doreen Keogh and Vera Forraro, who have volunteered with St. Joseph’s Health…