Thank you for having such a loving organization. I’ve come to refer it as my extended family. From the opening of my file, you’ve been kind and thoughtful. Your volunteers have all been very polite and generous of their time. It is very much appreciated.
I want to express my gratitude for the wonderful experience I had today. Your volunteer was a marvelous driver and companion who looked after me throughout my ordeal. He even helped ease some of the stress I had regarding the procedure.
I want to thank you for all the efforts that you have made to give our residents the chance to attend their medical appointments. I do not have one negative comment about your service or your volunteers and I want to thank them very much for their dedication and patience. You are a valuable service in our community.
I don’t know what I would do without your service. It’s not just the drives that I appreciate but it’s so comforting to have someone accompany me as well. I get nervous and apprehensive about going for medical tests but when you’re involved in conversation with a very caring person, you forget about the anxiety that can creep up.
Since my husband and I both have mobility and respiratory issues, we would like to offer you our heartfelt thanks for not only arranging the different accompaniments for us but also, just as important, for providing us with caring, respectful, and competent companions drivers.
I love the feeling of making a difference in someone else’s life. These accompaniments have affected me in a way where I feel more connected to society and more involved in my community. I really enjoy the feeling I get when helping people and I love every minute of my volunteering. It has helped me realize that I can make a difference in people’s lives, and I’ve learnt so many new skills throughout my journey that I will never forget.
Volunteering for ABOVAS interested me because I was looking for something constructive and helpful to do with my free time now that I had retired. It has opened my eyes to the struggle many of our elderly face. Dealing with illness and treatments is stressful for our clients and if I can do something to make their challenging time a little easier then I feel satisfied that I am doing something worthwhile for society. I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know them in the process. Many are dealing with cancer and other serious illness, I hope one day if I ever need assistance a service like ABOVAS would be available to help me.
During one of the ice storms this winter, I went to get a lady who lives alone and needed a lot of help. Getting to the car and then returning to her apartment was extremely difficult and painstaking because of the weather. I practically had to carry her in my arms because she was so afraid of falling. In those moments you realize just how much this service is needed and you are very happy to be a volunteer for ABOVAS.
I am a very busy person but I give a day a month to ABOVAS. I have learned valuable lessons from people I meet and it is their strength and determination that inspires me. I know that I’m really helping someone in need.
ABOVAS provides a much needed service to West Island residents. Some of our clients cannot take public transport since their oxygen tank might run out of air before they reach their destination. Some of our clients are just too frail and require assistance to get in and out of the car, assistance with stairs, and often a wheelchair to move around in the hospital. Some clients live in houses and ABOVAS becomes part of their support system to enable them to live independently longer. The ABOVAS volunteer brings a ray of sunshine into the lives of clients who might be isolated or estranged from their family. No heart is more loyal, sincere and true than that of a volunteer.