Volunteer Canada officially celebrates and acknowledges the contribution of 12.7 million volunteers across Canada every year during National Volunteer Week. Volunteers are the Roots of Strong Communities is the national campaign theme for 2016. This years’ theme is coincidently, very appropriate as the Volunteer Association planted their roots of volunteerism at Ontario Shores 50 years ago!
When preparing for any milestone event, one usually initiates the process by probing through archived photos, files and mementos which will enhance a particular celebration. While preparing for our 50th anniversary celebration, our cherished archives are a strong visual reminder that volunteers envisioned the need to establish a healthy volunteer root system at our organization. Since 1966, volunteers have nourished the roots in our community and have formed lasting and meaningful connections, confirming that Volunteers are the Roots of Strong Communities!
It was a trying time for Beth and her family.
Her husband, Les, was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease as an inpatient on the Geriatric Dementia Unit (GDU) at Ontario Shores as the family was dealing with the hardship of watching the health of a loved one deteriorate.
Jessica is articulate, intelligent, thoughtful, and owns a smile that could light up a room.
This is the Jessica her mother remembers. This is the Jessica she is happy to have back.
“We had grown apart, but we are back together,” says Trudy of her relationship with her daughter. “I talk to her every day. I support everything she is doing.”