CLSC Celebrates National Volunteer Week!

April 14, 2015

April 12th to April 18th, 2015 is National Volunteer Week in Canada!  Did you know that we have about 100 volunteers who volunteer their time and talents to our Agency?  We are very appreciative of the contributions these volunteers make to our agency that assists us to enhance the quality of life and inspire possibilities for the people we support!

In addition to our regular agency recognition, we are also recognizing three volunteers for their special contributions to our agency by nominating them to be Volunteer of the Year for the City of St. Catharines.  Preston in a volunteer through our Playschool Preschool, Bob is a volunteer cleaner for our Preschool Program, and Krystine is a volunteer through our CPSS Day Program.  Please read below about their special volunteer contributions to our agency!

Preston has been a volunteer in our Preschool Program at our St. Catharines Playschool for almost 2 years.  The St. Catharines Playschool is a fully integrated Preschool run by CLSC.  Preston started while finishing his last year of school and has since continued to be a reliable and dependable volunteer for this program, fitting in his volunteer time while working.  The children really enjoy having Preston volunteer and are excited to "hang" out with him, especially the boys in the program as it is not often that we have male volunteers in our Playschool.  Furthermore, the staff are always raving of Preston being a great role model and providing such positive energy for the children.

Robert, "Bob", has been a volunteer within our Preschool Program at CLSC for almost 4 years now.  Bob faithfully volunteers every Monday morning by giving his time and efforts to washing and disinfecting the toys for our Playschool, a very important job when working with children!  Bob is very independent in his volunteering but still very reliable and dependable.  He has become a staple in our Preschool Program and everyone looks forward to Mondays when Bob is at the Playschool!

Krystine is a friend, volunteer, and role model for the people we support at CLSC.  She has a degree from Brock University, works in various settings to bring the issue of adaptive communication to the forefront, and has volunteered at the CLSC Day Program for more than 5 years.  In this role, Krystine volunteers with adults who have intellectual disabilities.  Krystine brings enthusiasm, acceptance, inclusion, and fun to the day program setting.  She instinctively connects with both staff and participants.  The people we support look forward to the days she joins our group for social, recreation, and learning interactions.  She is currently implementing a computer skills training course for small group instruction to meet educational goals and individual interests.  Krystine continues to be a flexible and consistent part of our Day Program supports.