They come from all cultures and communities, ages and walks of life – all with one goal in mind – to make a difference in the lives of others! They are called ‘Volunteers’.
To celebrate their commitment, tireless dedication and motivation to help others in need, Indus Community Services honoured and thanked 45 very dedicated volunteers on May 11th 2017.
Mandeep Grewal, Chair of the Board of Directors and Gurpreet Malhotra, CEO welcomed the gathering including Harinder Takhar, MPP (Mississauga –Erindale) and Harinder Malhi, MPP (Brampton – Springdale). Mandeep & Gurpreet thanked the volunteers for their priceless gift of time and energy. To better put their efforts into perspective, our volunteers contributed a total of 11,482 hours this year, which is roughly equivalent to 6.3 full-time positions. This shows the dedication and compassion the volunteers bring to our programs! All were presented with a Volunteer Recognition Certificate and a token of appreciation.
“I feel blessed with what I am doing for the seniors that I help. They are like family to me” said Maggie D’Cruz, a long-time volunteer with the Friendly Visiting Program, a program that sees volunteers perform home-bound social visits to seniors.
Volunteers assist in performing various tasks such as translation, administrative work, outreach, fundraising, interpretation and help in various programs. Our volunteers include high school students, youth, seniors, college and university students, retirees, and newcomers. Volunteers help support our clients, and in return, we help them to enhance their skills by providing regular training sessions on various topics.
The beauty of volunteering was summed up by Harjit Kaur, a long-time volunteer with over 7 years of dedicated service, who said, “All the money in the world cannot buy the smiles and happiness I see on the faces of those I help”.
Indus Community Services is proud of its volunteers, without whom our programs would not be the high quality opportunities to help those in need.
For more information on volunteering at one of Indus six sites in Mississauga and Brampton, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Sweety Khanija at 905-275-2369 Ext. 291 or visit us at www.induscs.ca