Volunteer Stories

Volunteers of Waterloo Region demonstrate Empathy in Action! 

The following stories from local Waterloo Region volunteers and volunteer managers demonstrate Empathy in Action in countless ways. National Volunteer Week is a time that our members share stories about the various ways volunteers provide support and compassion to those in need in our community. 

 

NVW 2022 

Volunteers are #empathyinaction!
Thanks to all volunteers in Waterloo Region, and across Canada.

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The Gap Factory Staff

The Bridges, an emergency shelter run by Cambridge Shelter Corporation, takes in people from the cold and gives them a place to stay…

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Brice Balmer

Brice has been a volunteer for many years, using his talents to learn about and fight for justice. He saw, through his many different experiences...

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Duaa Al Aghar

Duaa came to Canada in 2006 from Iraq. Being a newcomer, she wanted to get in touch with the community through volunteering. She eventually learned about KW Access Ability…

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Sunbeam Volunteer Bloggers

Finding ways for our generous volunteers to continue sharing their time and talent with us during the pandemic has been challenging…

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Ed Zurawski

Ed joined us as a volunteer for our exhibit Unzipped: Rolling Stones. He came to the organization as a big Rolling Stones fan and enjoys sharing his knowledge…

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Bets McLachlan

Bets has been volunteering at the Boardwalk Vaccine Clinic since April of 2021. After being accepted as a volunteer, Bets looked forward to being part of…

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Nel Santos

Nel Jayson Santos volunteers with Kind Minds Family Wellness as a Project and Research Coordinator. Nel really appreciates the opportunities…

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Firouzeh (Roza)

Firouzeh (Roza) is a pharmacist, and she volunteers at the House of Friendship. She feels her volunteer experience is a great opportunity to give…

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Randy Martin

When Randy Martin, a 5-year volunteer at Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region’s Cambridge ReStore, noticed that no kitchens were arriving…

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Payton Bayley

Payton has been volunteering as a mentor with Volunteer Waterloo Region, YOUTH Engagement programming since 2021…

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Cameron Tai

Cameron came to Volunteer Waterloo Region as a final term placement student from the PR Program at Conestoga College…

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United Way Waterloo Region

Sector Advocacy

Volunteering brings value to peoples lives and when you combine the work of all those volunteers whether individually or in a corporate group it really has the Power to change our community...

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Asma’s Story

Asma’s Story

Before coming to Canada from Jordan, I knew the importance of volunteering. Back in Jordan, volunteering is significant....

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Kathy's Story

Kathy's Story

Kathy created a Facebook filter that people can impose in the background of their selfie photos to bring awareness to volunteerism...

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Wazee Senior group story

Wazee Seniors Group Story

Shirley N, our senior mentor and volunteer has been able to work with our Cultural Group Facilitators to run a successful virtual group program for Black seniors....

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Shubham's Story

Shubham's Story

Shubham, although relatively new to the youth council at Langs, demonstrated strong interest and initiative by getting involved in numerous virtual programs as a co-facilitator...

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Scott’s Story

Scott’s Story

Scott and his son Matt were looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. They were able to help out at the House of Friendship kitchen preparing food for the men's shelter...

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Allyson's Story

In giving my time, I got back so much more in return: friendships and relationships with other volunteers, a sense of belonging and purpose, and the satisfaction that comes along with a clean donation storage space...

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Tina's Story

Tina is an exceptional educator who learned about ToastyToes Waterloo Region a few years ago. She shared the message of ToastyToes at her school, connecting it ...

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Charles's Story

Charles is an amazing volunteer and ambassador for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, he is a member of the Local Waterloo Wellington and District Chapter Board and on the National Board...

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Serap's Story

I started to wonder about my neighbours and how they were dealing with this situation? Did they need any help? …  I decided to knock on my neighbour’s doors...

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Richard's story

Richard's Story

On his 74th birthday, Richard was on a Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region build site helping to construct his 74th home for local families...

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