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Volunteers are the heart of this city. They are the people planting trees, packing food boxes, knitting scarves, collecting donations, building homes, painting walls...the list goes on and on! People volunteer for their own reasons, to gain work experience, make friends or share a skill but regardless of the reasons the end result will always be providing service to someone or something in need. Volunteers are supporting our community, its spaces and its people and their efforts should be recognized and applauded.

This is why we have started a new series to feature Toronto volunteers. Every month a new story will appear on our website and in our Volunteer Times newsletter introducing you to one of the many amazing people that are working to build a better city. 

If you or someone you know is interested in being a Featured Volunteer then fill out this survey and we will be in touch if you have been selected.

 

January 2015


 



Norma Trivino

For the past 22 years Norma has served as a dedicated volunteer at work, in her community and with her church.

At work, she has volunteered for over 14 years on the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign where she wore diverse hats, including Chair, Co-Chair, Committee Member, Special Events Coordinator and Ambassador Coordinator.

Through her church, she volunteers for the Homeless Outreach Program, which offers sandwiches to helps feed the displaced people of Toronto. Along with food, they bring their message of hope to those feeling lost and forgotten. Norma remembers when one individual was so inspired by their message he sought help, got a job, an apartment and began to take part in society again.


What are Norma's thoughts on volunteering?

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."


Read Norma's full story

 

December 2014


 


Victoria Nolan - Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games Feature

At the age of 18, Victoria was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that starts with night blindness, followed by a progressive narrowing of vision. By the time she had her second child, Victoria lost the majority of her eyesight, but she never let her vision loss make her feel defeated.

Instead, she decided to try something new and took up rowing at age 31 and through hard-work and dedication gained a spot Canada’s para-rowing team and went on to race in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.

Now, Victoria has the chance to be at the heart of the excitement as a volunteer with the TORONTO 2015 Games. She was thrilled to apply because of her love for sports, especially her passion for rowing. She knows first-hand how inspiring an international multi-sport Games are and wants to be part of creating the excitement for spectators and athletes coming in the summer of 2015.

Victoria’s Advice for Those Looking to Volunteer for the TORONTO 2015 Games

"Definitely do it! It is going to be an amazing experience in so many ways. We’ll make sure visitors have a memorable experience, we’ll help athletes perform at their best and we’ll celebrate phenomenal achievements in sport by building pride in our country and our communities."

Read Victoria's full story and sign up to volunteer! 

 

November 2014



Nicholas Graham

Nicholas is a grade 11 student at the York School in Toronto. He is an avid rower, ski coach and even speaks 3 languages! In grade 6, at the age of 10, he started volunteering at Mid-Toronto Community Services. Motivated by the stories his brother would tell about his experiences as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, Nicholas decided to get involved by shadowing him on his deliveries.

Throughout the years, Nicholas has increasingly enjoyed volunteering because he strongly believes no one should go hungry.  “It is wonderful to enter an apartment, to greet a client, to see their face beaming with joy and to have a little conversation with them.  It is such a small gesture on my part but it means so much to them,” says Nicholas. 


Nicholas' advice for those looking to volunteer is to:


 
“Choose something you enjoy because when you enjoy it, it’s an AMAZING experience.”


Learn more about Nicholas and Mid-Toronto Community Services. 

 

October 2014



Vinyse Barber

Vinyse has dedicated over 20 years of her life to volunteering. Currently, she is volunteering as a Board Member at Transition Toronto, Co-Organizer of EcoFair at the Barns, foster parent at the Toronto Humane Society, Steering Committee Member of the Eglinton Park Community Garden, Community Connections volunteer at Woodgreen Community Services, Volunteer Recognition Committee Member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association and President and Founder of the Dogs of the Ganges Society. She has also volunteered at numerous other organizations in the past, and has incorporated volunteering into her travels at the orphanges in Peru and in India. 

The best piece of advice Vinyse has for those looking to volunteer is to:

 "Find a cause that moves you. If you do that, everything you do towards that cause doesn't feel like work, or obligation, or a commitment - it becomes fun, and moving and soulfulfilling."


Learn more about Vinyse and the Dogs of the Ganges Society.

 


If you or someone you know is interested in being a Featured Volunteer then fill out this survey and we will be in touch if you have been selected.


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