The West End Seniors’ Network is fortunate to be supported by over 250 volunteers. Without volunteers, we could not provide the quantity and quality of programs, services and events that we do.
Below you will find spotlights on some of our volunteers.
Clothes and Collectibles Thrift Boutique Volunteer
Bernice has been a volunteer with our Clothes and Collectibles thrift boutique for over three years and thoroughly enjoys it. She is happy to have formed new friendships through the role. Bernice also enjoys seeing customers from the thrift boutique while out in the West End, and she reckons that is a great benefit of volunteering within your neighbourhood.
Volunteer Moving Meditation – Qi Gong and Flow Stretching Instructor
Christine started volunteering with WESN to share simple, easy and enjoyable practices for healing the body, mind and spirit. “It makes me happy to see others benefiting and feeling better. I am glad to share these easily learned self empowering, potentially transformative tools.”
Volunteer Director and Pianist of Heritage Harmonies Choir
One of the most memorable aspects of volunteering for Frank has been that members share how singing acts as a form of therapy for them. When they sing, they forget their illnesses, pain, personal loss, and loneliness – they leave feeling happy. The music is not only a form of entertainment, but there is a strong connection between members and a sense of community. Franks says, “it is the most meaningful volunteer work I have ever done, and I hope to continue as long as I am able.” Frank has been volunteering with WESN for over 12 years.
Better at Home Minor Home Repair Volunteer
“Some of these people are alone now. They can’t do things on their own. They don’t have a personal support network to help them. They are just like you and me, and they need you and me. There has not been a single person who I have helped that wasn’t extremely grateful that I helped them. They’re blown away every time that someone is volunteering to be there for them. I change a light bulb and they light up. You can hear it in their voices as they get all giddy and excited.”
Tech Tutor Volunteer
Marcel is a Tech Tutor on Monday afternoons, and you will see him with his service dog, Galaxy. He says, “Every time someone comes to ask me for help and that person leaves happy for the help that I gave them – that’s what I consider a memorable experience.”
Kay’s Place Information and Referral Volunteer
Mauro started volunteering with WESN so that he could use his skills to provide services to others. One of his most memorable experiences thus far has been being able to provide complete information and referral to a woman who is blind.
Last Updated: 22-Apr-2020