Our family believes in giving back because we were so openly welcomed when we immigrated to Canada from the Philippines. When my sons were young, they both volunteered – one in church and one as a tutor. I realized that I should also be doing some volunteer work to give back to my community. When I saw the ad in the paper that volunteer drivers were needed I thought it might be my opportunity to share my time with those in need.
Being a volunteer gives me a feeling of fulfilment. My favourite part is listening and talking to the children and youth and I have learned a lot from them. Eighteen years ago I made the commitment to volunteering I have never looked back. The longer I drive, the deeper my commitment to these children has become. You have to be patient, compassionate and have some flexibility in your schedule but I truly love working as a volunteer driver for Peel Children’s Aid. I am grateful that I am able to be able to give some of my time to others who may need help.