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The Marriott and Sheraton Hotels Generously Share the Holiday Spirit with Meals on Wheels Clients & Volunteers


Once again, exemplifying the sentiment of giving back to the community, the Sheraton Montreal Airport and the Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel joined forces with Volunteer 

West Island (VWI) staff and Meals on Wheels volunteers to make a difference over the holidays for MOW clients.  “This was an amazing event!” said Amélie Guilbault, VWI Food Services Coordinator.

Chef Louis Rodaros, Food & Beverage Supervisor Shannon McCarty, and General Manager Brenda Rodricks from the Marriott and the Sheraton’s Food & Beverage Director Matthew Insogna and their teams Made Christmas magic! They prepared over 450 home-cooked turkey dinners with all the trimmings, topped off with a delicious dessert, and assisted volunteers from the 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens to load their vehicles with for delivery to the MOW clients across the West Island. 

The West Island Meals on Wheels program, an entirely volunteer-driven service, was founded in 1969.  Today it comprises 13 MOW kitchen s across the West Island, thanks to the dedication of 850 MOW volunteers who serve 47,000 meals a year to seniors, and those suffering from loss of autonomy.

 “We are extremely happy to collaborate with Volunteer West Island and Meals on Wheels in this wonderful initiative,” said Ms Rodricks.

Two IQVIA Volunteer Teams and Volunteer West Island Make a Difference at Sun Youth at Christmas!

“Very humbling to provide a small amount of help to what is a well-oiled group of volunteers at Sun Youth! Keep up the great work!” said a member of one of the IQVIA teams of volunteers helping out at Sun Youth the week before Christmas.

Organized at the company level by Client Service Manager Maria Rafeletos and Shannon Cloutier, Technology Solutions Consultant, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment program, the pre-Christmas activity allowed volunteers to contribute the crucial work Sun Youth does in the community.  Lisa Perrault, Sun Youth’s Coordinator of Volunteer Services, warmly welcomed the IQVIA teams.

Ms Rafeletos shared other comments from her team:

  • “Very humbling experience to be able to help the less fortunate, especially around the holidays.”
  • “Great time…thank you for the very memorable afternoon 😊”
  • “Great eye-opening experience, thank you for all your hard work and dedication!”

Sun Youth, one of Volunteer West Island’s (VWI) community partners, works actively to alleviate poverty and prevent exclusion. The non-profit organization provides individuals and families with a wide range of emergency services such as food, clothing, medical and financial assistance and promotes physical, educational, and intellectual development.

Ms Cloutier summed up her team’s comments about their volunteer experience, saying the initiative was very well organized and ran smoothly, that it was a humbling experience, how happy they were to help others less fortunate. 

Both Ms Cloutier and Ms Rafelatos said how much they and they colleagues T IQVIA were looking forward to working with VWI again to help out at Sun Youth.



Newsletter #136



Issue #136

UPS and Cummins Volunteers  Make a Difference at The Teapot!

At what has become an annual tradition, enthusiastic volunteers from Cummins and UPS teamed up once again to celebrate Thanksgiving at The Teapot 50+ Centre in Lachine. This was truly a team effort, organized at the company level by Rafik Morcos, UPS Customer Solutions Director, and Kimberly Donato, Synchronized Business Planning Leader, Cummins, and at the local community level by Teapot Volunteer Support Coordinator Theresa Guihan, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment program. The Teapot, a popular, volunteer-driven community organization for seniors provides members with a variety of activities and special events such as the recent Thanksgiving Lunch which featured delicious home-cooked food.  UPS and Cummins volunteers prepared and served the meal, as well as doing the set up and post-event clean-up, thus enabling the Teapot staff to circulate and socialize with their guests. The enthusiastic assistance of volunteers from UPS and Cummins, both corporate partners of Volunteer West Island and long-time supporters of The Teapot, certainly added to the enjoyment and gave everyone a lot to be thankful for!

With teamwork, everyone wins!

 November 2019                            

UPS CANADA Gives a Generous Donation to The Teapot 50+ Centre

“As always, UPS is committed to assist in our communities in many ways and we hope that this grant can be used to help with their great cause”, stated Rafik Morcos, UPS Customer Solutions Program Management Director, presenting a cheque for $1000 to The Teapot 50+Community Centre in Lachine.

The Teapot, a popular, volunteer-driven community organization for seniors provides a variety of social, recreational and educational activities, special events, and support services in an environment where members can thrive, explore their own interests, and further develop their skills and abilities.


Mr. Morcos has spear-headed the UPS community involvement for many years, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer program. The Teapot has become a favourite with the UPS volunteer teams who are always warmly welcomed by Teapot Volunteer Support Coordinator Theresa Guihan and Teapot staff and members.

Lolita Payawal of UPS Canada addressed The Teapot, saysing, “UPS supports charities dedicated to strengthening their communities and helping those in need.  We appreciate the opportunity to aid your organization and wish you all the best in the upcoming year”.

Mr. Morcos, explained that Head office, UPS Canada, was positively impressed by the volunteer contributions of the Montreal UPS Customer Solutions team and their enthusiastic support to The Teapot, working in conjunction with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program and the articles written about the UPS volunteer initiatives by VWI Communications that he shares with the UPS head office on a regular basis.  “We look forward to our next volunteering event at The Teapot!”

With teamwork, everyone wins!

Want to give your time in the New Year? 

Join Volunteer West Island
Board of Directors

Volunteer West Island (VWI) recruits volunteers to assist other non-profit organizations in the West Island and helps seniors remain autonomous through programs and services such as Meals on Wheels, classes, and activities for seniors.

Volunteer West Island is seeking potential board members from the West Island community (an average of 35-50 volunteer-hours per year).

The ideal candidate possesses experience in accounting, education, or community non-profit work. He or she is committed to the vision and mission of Volunteer West Island and able to represent VWI well, respecting confidentiality.

For confidential consideration of your application, please forward a copy of your C.V., including volunteer experience, by email to director@volunteerwestisland.org or by fax to (514) 457-9677.