Issue #96  

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In celebration of their annual Community Day Shire employees, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island, recently gave of their time, talents, and tremendous enthusiasm, lending a hand in non-profit community organizations Welcome Hall Mission and Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre.
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Susan McKinnon-Bell from Tyndale and Tania Togias from Welcome Hall Mission worked with Shire’s Pina Mulé and VWI’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment Program Coordinator to make this event the success it was.  The magic ingredients were, of course, the volunteers themselves!

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The smiles say it all!

Community Relations Lead, Shire, Canada, Brigitte Viel, thanked the Shire volunteers, as well as the staff at both locations for the warm welcome they gave Shire volunteers.

“They made us feel right at home while introducing us to their fantastic work.  On behalf of the entire Shire team, thank you for a memorable experience and for your contribution in enabling Montrealers to live better lives.”

“Our Shire team had a wonderful experience volunteering,” stated  Eric Tse, General Manager, Shire, Canada, “The fact that Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre program “graduates” often return to give back some of their time to the Centre speaks for the incredible sense of belonging and the strength of the community they managed to build over time. Thank you to Chris and the entire team for opening their doors to us and for offering us such a wonderful experience!”



Something special happens to us at this time of year as the holidays approach; we want to be part of this giving season by making a difference to someone.   Have you ever thought of giving the gift of food and companionship to a senior receiving Meals on Wheels?

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven program that provides hot nutritious meals at minimal cost twice a week to homebound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy.  Volunteer West Island supports 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens on the West Island, including the Borough of Lachine. 

More than 850 volunteer shoppers, cooks, dishwashers, drivers, and deliverers work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens throughout the West Island. Their combined efforts allow over 400 people, who have been referred to MOW by hospitals, CLSCs and rehabilitation centers to receive hot fresh, hot, home-cooked meals prepared by volunteers.  The meals include a balanced main dish and a dessert.  Our MOW volunteers have budgeted so efficiently that each meal costs less than $5.00!

During this holiday season, why not purchase one or several hot meals to warm the soul of a West Island Meals on Wheels client?  Imagine the joy you will bring as our MOW volunteers deliver hot meals to clients with a special card explaining that it was paid for and given to them on your behalf!

Making a difference is easy when you make a donation through Meals on Wheels.   If you want to give to a specific kitchen, here’s how to proceed: call Volunteer West Island at (514) 457-5445 #223, or email us at info@volunteerwestisland.org and we’ll provide you with the details on how you can become a SANTA for the Meals on Wheels Program.  An income tax receipt will be issued for a contribution of $10 or more.  

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It’s about time…

…time to help others



December 2015 

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