Thursday, April 16, 2015
This is National Volunteer Week and during this week, we celebrate and appreciate the contributions of our many volunteers at Luther Village on the Park.
Volunteers and student interns are an important part of the Luther Village community. They help with events and activities, in the dining room, with administrative projects, in Social Work, in Wellness and more. Our volunteers are from all ages and backgrounds. Many of our volunteers are residents, who volunteer their time at Luther Village, and in the community.
We asked our volunteers to talk about their experiences volunteering, and here’s what they had to say:
“We like to volunteer at Luther Village because it is our home, and we value the residents that make Luther Village their home. We like to help when we can. Even the smallest of things can make someone else's life a little easier.” – A resident
“Luther village on the Park has been a great platform for us students to apply our education and learn through our practices. The support and motivation from the Multidisciplinary team members makes my experience very enriching and I am forever grateful for the learning opportunity provided to me at LVP.” Tashi Thomson, Social Work Student Intern
“One person can make a difference, and every person should try! That is the reason why I volunteered for over 10 years as shoreline coordinator for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada (www.shorelinecleanup.ca/). Right now, I walk for the Canadian Wildlife Federation - 'Walk for Wildlife' adding my voice to wildlife conservation in Canada (CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca). You can also view my blog at http://guildwoodgardens.blogspot.com” – A resident
“In order to be a successful volunteer you need to enjoy the work you’re doing and enjoy the residents you work with. This being said I choose Luther Village on the Park because it is both fun and challenges my skills and abilities I have learned through my education. The best part about volunteering is how rewarding it is to know that you impact and make the days for the residents much more enjoyable. Seeing them happier is much better than any pay check I could receive.” – Kelsey Hillier, Events Volunteer
“I share billiards with a few who missed out on it in their youth, but who want to explore that “hole” in their lives – maybe because the experience was denied them over the social frowns it received in those days. Many seem to enjoy it greatly and some find it a very similar game to golf and very enjoyable when the golf opportunity is unavailable. Some also find an undiscovered talent and/or a venue to new friends of similar bent.” – A resident
“Luther Village on the Park has provided a great learning experience. The staff has been extremely welcoming and they treat you like you’re one of the team. They are always eager to give you new opportunities for growth and development. It’s been an honour to work with the residents. They have so much wisdom and life experience to share. There is never a dull moment and it’s been a wonderful journey!” Julie Stevenson, Social Work Student Intern