Volunteer of the Month

Read about the incredible work of volunteers in our community. 

Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who have a profound impact in the arts and culture, recreation, faith, health and well-being and so much more. 

Volunteering is active citizenship. Every time you volunteer you are choosing the kind of community you want to live, work and play in. Whether formal or informal, your volunteer involvement makes a difference. 

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Thomas McIlwraith

Up and coming musician, 11 year old Thomas McIlwraith, can often be found at the Guelph Farmers’ Market busking, the proceeds of which he donates to the Welcome in Drop in Centre. For Thomas, this was a natural way to give to his community as he has studied music for 7 years and plays guitar,…


Joy Sloan

After moving into the Elliott Community in 2012, Joy Sloan immediately became involved as a volunteer as a way to be involved and meet new people. Since then she has contributed over 1075 hours, an accomplishment she humbly speaks of: “I have had so many wonderful opportunities in my lifetime – and here is just…


Maureen Inwood

Maureen Inwood began volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in 2011. Since then she has been involved with a wide range of CCS activities: Daffodil Days, Relay for Life, Pink in the Rink, ElectroFit and the Wellington Warrior Challenge to name a few. If CCS has something going on you can be sure to…

Stroke Recovery

Guelph Wellington Stroke Recovery

The Guelph Wellington Stroke Recovery Chapter started in 1985. Today, it is a thriving group that is totally volunteer run and has twelve dedicated executive members who not only provide leadership, but also help deliver programs and fundraise too! They do an impressive amount of work in the community to rebuild lives changed forever by…


Leo Murphy

After retiring 5 years ago Leo and his wife moved from Ajax to their dream home here in the Royal City. Once they were settled in, Leo became involved with the Guelph Community Health Centre (Guelph CHC). In his regular role Leo is a Garden Fresh Box volunteer. He delivers fresh vegetable boxes to over…

youth council

Guelph Youth Council

The Guelph Youth Council (GYC) is a vibrant group of youth volunteers ages 13-18 who strive to enhance youth culture and advocate for the youth voice in our community. To do this they plan a series of special events for Youth Week, liaise with City Council and volunteer at various community based events. They also…


Bree Woods

Bree Woods is a committed and inspired Hillside volunteer who is passionate about waste, environmental responsibility, recycling and up-cycling. Bree started volunteering with the festival as a teenager, but five years ago she increased her commitment and became the crew leader of the Waste Management Monday team. The role is yearlong and she spends many…


Bob Fanning

Out on the trails and in the classrooms, Bob Fanning has been a wonderful mentor to young photographers and nature explorers in over forty Focus on Nature school workshops. His ability to connect with the students and help them see their world with new eyes is an inspiration to the other volunteers who work with…


Nathan Rossi

Nathan Rossi, a grade 11 student at St. James Catholic High School, is an exceptional youth volunteer! This summer Nathan volunteered 247.5 hours at the Sport n Swim camp with the City of Guelph. In this role he assisted camp counsellors with the day to day activities of camp, acted as a peer role model…


Marc Pashley

Marc spends the majority of his time serving others. As a volunteer at Hope House, he comes in before clients arrive so that he can put on a fresh pot of coffee before he gets down to work organizing the day’s appointments. He also slugs groceries, stocks shelves, answers phones and works in the kitchen!…