This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Quebec! Half a century of making a crucial difference in the lives of others.
Meals on Wheels, a volunteer-driven program, provides hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors and to those with reduced autonomy, helping them remain at home, enjoying as high a quality of life and autonomy as possible, for as long as possible.
Slightly younger, but equally important, the Meals on Wheels program in the West Island began in a church kitchen in Lachine in 1969. Coordinated by Volunteer West Island, this essential service has more than 800 volunteer shoppers, cooks, kitchen clean-up crew, drivers, and deliverers who work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens across the West Island, providing clients with a better quality of life and making it possible for them to remain in their own homes.
Volunteers come from all walks of life and include retired workers, business professionals, homemakers, teachers, entrepreneurs, students, and many others. In the West Island their combined efforts allow over 400 people referred through hospitals, CLSCs, and rehabilitation centers to receive nourishing hot lunches at minimal cost.
The demand for services is rising as our population ages; the need for MOW volunteers is increasing as well. New volunteers are welcome in all the Meals on Wheels kitchens in the West Island. Two to three hours of your time once a month will make a difference to those in need.
To volunteer, click on “Volunteering” on the Front Page, and complete the online volunteer form. Please call (514) 457-5445 #227 for more information.
One of the crucial services Volunteer West Island coordinates is Meals on Wheels, a volunteer-driven program providing hot, nutritious meals to home-bound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy. More than 800 volunteer shoppers, cooks, and drivers work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens throughout the West Island.
A typical day at the Meals on Wheels kitchen in Beaconsfield starts with our volunteer cooks, Ella Rusinowicz and Brenda Kelly preparing this delicious meal of Shepherd’s pie, green beans and upside down pineapple cake.
These fabulous volunteers whip up this delicious meal which is delivered by our driver/deliverer team of Rose Marie McConnell and Lynne Beauchemin.
Today was their first day on the job. These women have been best friends forever and decided to spend time together giving back to others. Just as important as the meals they deliver in the Beaconsfield/Baie d’Urfé area will be their smiles and connection with the recipients.
Someone has to do the dishes so the clean-up crew of Teri Frenette and Wilma Nightingale will be scrubbing pots and pans and having a good time of it. They’ve become friends through volunteering.
Volunteer West Island Outreach Coordinator Shelley Hadyen says this valuable service would not be available to West Island seniors without the generosity of volunteers, “They offer life’s most valuable commodity, time!”
For information about the Meals on Wheels Program, please call intake at (514) 457-5445 #225.
Category: Newsletter Tags: