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National Volunteer Week

From Compassion to Action Yaletown House Celebrates National Volunteer Week April 19-25

We would like to thank all of our 50 plus wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time, compassion and talent spending time with our residents. Two events were held to honour our volunteers. First, an afternoon tea with performances by our Music and Recreation Therapist as well as thank you speeches from Carol Crichton, Executive Director and John, a family member. The event was beautifully capped off by Brian, a resident, who read a personal story of thanks (appears below).

The second event was wine and cheese reception with guitar playing by Rocky as well as more thank you’s by Carol, family member Eileen, and Brian re-read his story. Our special thanks to Peacock and Martin Wine Merchants for donating Hester Creek Wine.

Volunteering is the greatest gift that you can give yourself. The rewards of volunteering will stay with you for the rest of your life.
My Mother always said, “You only get out of life what you put into it”. With her encouragement, I spent time in my teenage years volunteering with the Easter Seals. The benefits that I gained through those experiences I carried with me for the rest of my life. The joy that I gave to others through volunteering I got back two-fold.
Some of our greatest religious leaders were also some of our greatest volunteers. They asked for nothing and gave all that they had. They never wanted thanks, only to enhance the lives of others, ease their burdens and hopefully to bring them joy.
On behalf of the residents, thank you for volunteering at Yaletown House. You bring our residents joy, ease their burdens and help them to realize their full potential.