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Our Canada - - Contents - Kathrine Mo­ran, Toronto

Any­one who vol­un­teers knows the joy, ful­fill­ment, sense of be­long­ing, chal­lenge and feel­ing of be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated that comes along with it. There are a mul­ti­tude of vol­un­teer po­si­tions in our fair land. No mat­ter what your ap­ti­tude or pas­sion there are many ways to con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety. It was great to read about Lani Do­ma­loy’s ex­pe­ri­ence (Cause for Ap­plause, Au­gust-septem­ber 2018) af­ter she moved to Vic­to­ria and ex­plored vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties in her com­mu­nity.

When I fin­ished my ca­reer, I looked around for a mean­ing­ful vol­un­teer op­por­tu­nity and de­cided to pur­sue dog-walk­ing at the Toronto Hu­mane So­ci­ety. Our con­do­minium doesn’t al­low pets and we travel of­ten, so ev­ery week I have the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist our furry friends find­ing their for­ever home. Af­ter 12 years, my shift has be­come one of the high­lights of my week.

Whether you are a stu­dent in need of real ex­pe­ri­ence out in the world, a worker who needs a break in the rou­tine of your daily job, are look­ing at re­tire­ment and want to give back to so­ci­ety, or you are keen to meet like-minded in­di­vid­u­als, there is some­thing out there just right for you. There are even web­sites to as­sist you in the search. Canada would not be the wel­com­ing, di­verse, car­ing, abun­dant land that it is without the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers. In ad­di­tion, of­fer­ing our ser­vices is a glo­ri­ous way to en­rich our lives.

Lani Do­ma­loy help­ing out at the Philip­pine Bayani­han Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Vic­to­ria.

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