Volunteers make a difference in patient's lives

This month, in our continuing series of volunteer profiles, we introduce volunteer Maaha Farrukh. Her weekly contribution of time has made a difference in the daily lives of patients and their recovery at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).

Volunteers directly impact patients on their journey of recovery in a meaningful way.
By Maaha Farrukh

As a psychology student I felt compelled to volunteer at Ontario Shores in order to compliment my understanding of psychology and give back to my community. Within a few weeks of volunteering in the Forensic Assessment Unit (FAU) I changed my program to Forensic Psychology in order to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist.

Volunteering at Ontario Shores gives me immense satisfaction and accomplishment because the appreciation for my efforts is constantly reflected among the patients. When I started volunteering in FAU I had the pleasure of meeting an extraordinarily strong and kind-hearted woman. Throughout her time in FAU I was a witness to the improvements in her health and well-being. On her last day in FAU it was a bittersweet day, I was happy that she was being transferred to the Forensic Rehabilitation Unit; however, I would not have the pleasure of visiting her every week. I realized that day, how a few hours of my time have the potential to really make a difference in someone’s life.

Volunteers brighten the lives of the patients in the hospital and contribute to maintaining a strong healthy community. I would highly encourage other people in our community to volunteer at Ontario Shores; it provides opportunities to gain insight and experience and give back to the community all while helping the individuals in the vulnerable sector.