Ariana Walji, Volunteer at Viva Mississauga
I’ve had an incredible experience leading a Crafts for a Cause program over the past 6 months at Viva Retirement Community in Mississauga. The seniors have really enjoyed the opportunity to use their passion for arts and crafts to benefit others in the community and have been working hard to create wellness cards and beautiful knitted items for those in need. One of our knitters makes crotchet teddy bears and inspired others to make them as well. We accumulated over 50 bears within the first few months and I was able to take them into the Ronald McDonald House Charity for the holidays. It brings a smile to my face knowing that this program has become such a success and has helped bring light to the lives of those who are less fortunate or are suffering from illnesses. The Seniors with Skills organization truly recognizes the importance of strengthening our community, which is why I am so glad to be a part of the initiative. I am excited to see what other great things we accomplish for this new year.
Yandy Zuo, Volunteer at King Gardens
Volunteering with Seniors With Skills has been an eye-opening experience. I’m able to combine one of my passions (cardmaking) with another (teaching) while helping seniors engage with their local community. What more could I ask for? It’s easy to volunteer and super flexible. The recreation director at the retirement centre will try their best to accommodate your schedule and availability. If I can volunteer while running my own business, Thoughtfully Handmade while going to university full-time, you can do it too!
Nam Tran Nguyen, Chief Publicist, Seniors With Skills
Within the small 40 minute long visit to pass holiday cards to the elderly, I was able to gain insight into different worlds and lives, as the residents talked lovingly of their family, counting off every child and grandchild with reminiscence and memories many others would not have the opportunity to learn about. Being so young, I am not able to relate to having decades of unique memories and experience to recount to others. However, by being the listener to people who may not have many outlets or modes of expression, I felt blessed to have been able to make their day, as I could feel the love and happiness the elderly patients felt when they knew they also mattered as well, and always would. Just as I love my grandparents and being able to spend time with them, I love being able to spend time with others who often feel joy just from being able to talk someone. Seniors with Skills is an organization that has facilitated interactions with a group of people who can often be overlooked, and I am happy to be part of a group that promotes inclusion of everyone regardless of age and believes that anyone of any age is deserving of love and opportunities.