Our beloved volunteers decide to help us for many reasons. Some volunteers even end up using our services themselves. When Wilma started to require CHSLC’s services for herself, she told us that her years as a volunteer made all the difference when accepting help for herself.
Wilma contacted us in 1999. Her husband had passed away and Wilma realized that she needed to fill her time. She also wanted to bring purpose and meaning back to her life. When Wilma’s mother-in-law suggested CHSLC Wilma jumped on board.
The rural Diner’s Club benefitted early on from Wilma’s dedication and lovely demeanour. Then, she volunteered as a transportation driver and Meals on Wheels dispatcher. Wilma arranged delivery for 45 meals one day!
Through her service, Wilma was able to make acquaintances with many people, but two clients made the most impact on her. Denise* and Wilma spent hours conversing about everything under the sun. Time seemed to fly by when they spent it together, talking. Having this relationship helped Wilma feel less alone and she felt accepted and needed. Her relationship with Denise meant the world to her.
One afternoon, Wilma spent time calling people to remind them about Diner’s Club and to encourage everyone to come. Her voice sounded so friendly on Bruce’s* voice mail that he decided to call her back. Wilma and Bruce had a great discussion and she thought his comments about her voice were funny as well as flattering.
Wilma has had her share of experience with medical surgeries, but 3 operations on her leg didn’t stop her from volunteering with us! She spent her time while laid up, calling clients to attend dinner.
CHSLC really is like a family. One morning, Wilma walked outside her home. She was just going out for a minute, so didn’t take the time to dress appropriately for the brisk winter weather. Two of our Transportation drivers arrived at her house a little earlier than normal to pick up Wilma for an appointment. When they arrived, she was on the ground and couldn’t get up. She had fallen and broke her leg.
Since her surgeries, Wilma has been receiving CHSLC’s services herself. She receives transportation to doctor’s appointments, Meals on Wheels deliveries and Foot Care. We love giving back to Wilma who has given so much to us and our organization!
In Wilma’s words, “This place is just wonderful. There are no words to explain how I feel about this place. There was nothing like this during my parents time.”
And, when Wilma talks about Suzanne at our Perth Office her face lights up. “Just give Suzanne a call. Find out more information. CHSLC is a ROCK! I can phone to get information and help. I don’t know what I would do without it.”
The funny thing is, we feel the same about Wilma! She’s been a steady rock throughout the years and a valued volunteer we could always count on.
Thank you for everything you do, Wilma! It’s always a pleasure working with you.
*Names have been changed.