Volunteer West Island, in keeping with its mission, strongly supports and encourages all those interested in becoming volunteers, promoting volunteerism in the community, or setting up a volunteer program for their employees or group members.
Volunteerism strengthens the fabric of a community. Get involved! Encourage volunteering and help make YOUR community a better place to live, work, and play!
“Volunteers are the heart of Le Nichoir,” states Susan Wylie, Director of Le Nichoir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre. “They are what allows Le Nichoir to pursue its mission of conserving wild birds for our natural heritage through providing professional care to injured and orphaned wild birds, as well as offering environmental education programs. In 2019, the staff cared for over 2,100 injured and orphaned wild birds. This would not have been possible without such a strong volunteer base”. Janine Johnson is an extremely dedicated volunteer and a regular face at Le Nichoir. “I first heard of Le Nichoir from an article about the organization in a local paper. Over the next few years, I found a few birds who needed help and I went to Le Nichoir to drop them off for care, I am passionate about helping animals, wild or domestic. One day I saw Le Nichoir participating in a kiosk at a community event and decided to ask them about volunteering. It seems like yesterday, but it must have been close to seven years ago when I first started volunteering at the Centre. I made a point to commit myself to volunteer on a regular basis. Organizations like Le Nichoir rely on volunteer help to care for their ‘patients’; to get the message out about conservation efforts; and to spread knowledge about the organization to those who have never heard of it. I help with the following tasks: cleaning enclosures, feeding the birds, doing laundry and dishes. I have also participated in kiosks, fundraisers, public events and have transported birds to and from Le Nichoir on occasion. The staff and volunteers are supportive and inclusive, always willing to share their knowledge. The environment is friendly and makes you feel comfortable. I have made friends and have come to meet a lot of really nice people from differing backgrounds and interests. The small part I play in the care for these animals to give them the chance to heal or grow and be released back into the wild, fills me with joy. I am proud to be part of this organization”.