It’s National Volunteer Week. A time to recognize all volunteers for the time they selflessly give to others and to our community. It’s also the perfect time to recognize Saint John Volunteers who have gone above and beyond in the past year.
Gary began volunteering at an early age when he was a young intern at the Telegraph Journal. He started out volunteering with the Empty Stocking Fund and soon found himself Volunteer Coordinator, a job that lasted 40 plus years. In addition to this role, Gary also volunteered at the Imperial Theatre, the Canada Summer Games and with the Victim Services Department of the Saint John Police Department.
Gary became active in the Loch Lomond Villa Community and Non-Profit Housing first by taking part in numerous recreational activities – both planning and executing events and soon he added assisting the Spiritual Care Team with weekly Communion. Gary provides Meals on Wheels for residents of the Villa apartments every Friday and every Thursday Gary can be found at the Villa Café managing the Café and running the Thursday Pizza Party, which is a huge hit.
Monday evenings residents of the Villa nursing home are treated to a popular program called Monday Night at the Movies with Gary and Friends – an event that was the brainchild of Gary and continues to grow in popularity every week. We all consider Gary a friend and we truly appreciate his contributions to our Villa Community of 457 residents. His positive attitude and friendly and welcoming personality truly gives everyone around Gary a feeling of camaraderie and a sense of being part of a community within itself.
As Gary himself says, “Volunteer not for the thanks and praise but to help people and provide value to a cause you believe in”.