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Thank you Somerset West CHC volunteers!
In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), the staff of Somerset West CHC would like to thank the many volunteers, past and present, who have generously contributed their time and talents to building a strong Somerset West CHC!
With over 50 programs and services, we simply couldn't run everything without our volunteers’ hundreds of hours of work each and every year.
Here’s a taste of some of the great work they've been doing in the community!
John: Senior’s Shopping Group
Every Wednesday morning you'll find John driving our Vietnamese seniors around the city to get their groceries. He starts the day by picking up a group of clients either from their homes or our Eccles Branch. With everyone in the van, it’s off to the store to stock up on the week’s groceries!
What keeps John coming back? A sense of pride that comes from being of service to our community’s elderly. He says he enjoys doing what’s needed to accommodate clients and developing relationships week over week.
Must be why John has been volunteering for Somerset West CHC (among other community organizations!) for over 16 years!
Le Phan: Vietnamese Community Programs
Le Phan is a new volunteer at Somerset West CHC, having started last December. You won’t believe what he’s been up to since then!
In his short time with us, Le Phan has already coordinated Christmas and Lunar New Year events, translated material into Vietnamese, and organized information sessions for seniors to celebrate the upcoming Seniors’ Month in June!
“This is my 44th year in Canada! Over the past 30 years, I’ve seen the need for activities for the aging population that Somerset West CHC cares for. That’s why I wanted to give a hand and hope that my contribution will bring happiness to elderly folks who, for many many years, have depended on Somerset West CHC to overcome the loneliness of old age... the centre brings countless benefits to the people!
My reward is to see their happiness, recognizing that we are lucky to be a Canadian!”
Armond, Wayne and Hugette: The Place-To-Be – Hintonburg Drop-in
Somerset West CHC counselor Todd Cunningham said it best:
"I think the success of Place-To-Be drop in is in large part due to the efforts of our volunteers and the pride they take in their work and ownership of the program!”
With three core volunteers – Armond, Wayne and Hugette – the drop-in is a place where adults can come for support, friendship, and of course health information! It operates every Thursday night at our Rosemount Branch and – thanks to our volunteers’ commitment – rarely closes, with the exception of two weeks at Christmas.
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for helping us build a healthy community – we couldn’t do what we do without you!