Volunteer Stories

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Julie was inspired to give back because of the help she received

I currently volunteer with Multiple Births Guelph-Wellington (MBGW). AS a mother of twins, I value this organization because it provided me with a vital support during my first year as a new parent and still supports me and my family. The help I’ve received from MBGW has inspired me to give back to the organization…

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Betty is July’s Volunteer of the Month

Betty has been volunteering with Chalmers Community Service Centre for close to five years and is currently the registration volunteer at the West location. When new guests walk through the doors, Betty is the first person they encounter. She welcomes each and every guest, gives them the scoop on how to access food and clothing,…

Tyler-Dupp

For Tyler, volunteering is about sharing with others

For me, volunteering is about sharing with others. I love my job, so the ability to use the technical skills I implement as an engineer at Eramosa Engineering in a volunteering capacity makes volunteering that much more fulfilling. So, when I was approached by the Canadian Cancer Society in Guelph to help develop new obstacles…

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Handel is June’s Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer hosts are the heart and soul of 10 Carden as they enable the organization to maintain its day-to-day operations consistently. Handel is certainly one of those volunteers! Handel has been fully committed to volunteering since the day he walked in. Not only does he carry out the daily tasks of being a Volunteer Host,…

Jane-Martin

Jane believes volunteerism builds spaces we live, work & play in

Meridian Credit Union is a phenomenal place to work for those who share a passion for volunteerism and commitment to community. Case in point: Meridian encourages employees to take three ‘Wellness Days’ per year to be used for volunteering, and also allows staff to apply for monetary matching for non-profit organizations and registered charities. That…

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Jaya believes volunteerism is well worth the effort

I am extremely fortunate to work for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), an employer that supports self-funded leaves of absence by employees who want to make a difference in the community. By participating in OMAFRA’s self-funded leave program, I’ve been able to dedicate six months full-time to valuable volunteer work.…

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ReStore Volunteers are May’s Volunteers of the Month

Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The active team of 75 vary from retirees to high school students, but they all share a passion for helping others and are often ReStore patrons themselves! The Guelph team can be counted on to carry out a lot of the daily operations in the warehouse…

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Alastair found purpose and context through volunteering

While the act of volunteering makes a real difference to others, I have come to realize that the direct impact on you – as the volunteer – is just as meaningful. I vividly remember my first visit to the refugee camps in Kenya. I was nervous to go. I had always been that kind of…

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Sara is April’s Volunteer of the Month

Sara Sayyed has been an active member with the Muslim Society of Guelph for a number of years. But, when the society was approached this fall to help coordinate efforts to bring Syrian Refugees to Guelph, her involvement reached a whole new level as she took on the role of Director of Volunteers with the…

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Frank believes volunteerism allows you to live a life of relevance

When I was younger I was encouraged to volunteer for a variety of causes, but appreciating the underlying motivation always escaped me. It was only when I returned to Guelph to begin my career that the notion of ‘giving back’ – the principal at the foundation of volunteerism that I had been taught – began…