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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.

Mid-Toronto Community Services is a charitable organization that works with seniors and adults facing a multitude of issues including Alzheimer disease, cancer, heart disease, depression, HIV/AIDS and numerous other physical and/or mental health problems. 

The purpose of their work is to help seniors and disabled or ill adults in their community to remain in their homes and live healthy, dignified and independent lives. Their services include meals-on-wheels, a variety of day programs, transportation, respite care, counselling and most importantly a daily connection with people and the outside world

 

 

Now in his 6th year volunteering with Mid-Toronto, Nicholas’ most memorable experience was when he delivered food to an elderly Spanish woman. She thanked him by saying, "Gracias" (Thank You) and when he replied "De nada." (You’re Welcome) she realized he was able to speak the language and they had a very exciting conversation. Afterwards, the lady called Mid-Toronto and relayed how pleased she was to be able to speak Spanish with someone else. 

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. He is also appreciative of the staff and volunteers, “they are always upbeat and positive.  If I have had a bad week, just to see them and being with them makes everything better.  Their frame of mind is contagious and uplifting.  I often get to speak with the volunteers and get to use my Spanish and my French! “

Helping Mid-Toronto clients onto the bus

Receiving the Mid-Toronto "Youth Award" with his brother.   

 

 

What's Nicholas' advice for those looking to volunteer?

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

 

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