People come and go through our doors at Semiahmoo House Society and each person leaves a particular mark.  Some are bold and intense; some are questioning; some are timid; and some are sure and independent.  All are welcome.  All are needed.  All are encouraged.

In the midst of this coming and going are those like myself who love to be with people, who love to share and who love to be counted upon.  The staff at Semiahmoo House Society are probably some of the best people that I have known over the years.  And when I say staff, I mean those who make support a meaningful part in their lives – this will include valued paid employees and valued unpaid employees – our volunteers.

This year, as in others, we have lovely and steady volunteers who make a difference in the lives of many people who call Semiahmoo House Society their home base.  Some people in their homes are having their lives increased by someone – now a friend – who just comes and spends good times with them.  There are those wonderful students who bring delight to people coming for a great day in Rec & Leisure.  There are men and women in the Day Programmes who look forward to those so dependable people, who have indeed become friends, spending time each week to share experiences and teach and guide alongside the full-time staff.

And there, at the Reception desk, you will often find the welcoming and generous volunteers who help with the literal coming and going of the rest of us.  Our Acquired Brain Injury and Employment Training and Support Services love to have volunteers in support of the good folks who go there as well, and often it is the case that volunteers want also to serve and support in these excellent settings.  We have had very good volunteers as well giving and giving in our Day Care and look forward to more being available as this year unfolds.

I must not forget also the happy volunteers who assist when it comes to Fundraising – they bring great enthusiasm to these critical projects.  Last, and most certainly not least, we are all so grateful for the men and women on our Board of Directors who give hours and hours of service on behalf of all of us at this good agency we call home.

Can we say that we love you?  We certainly love what you do and how much you give of yourselves, dear volunteers.

Thank you in all the languages that we speak.

By Dorothy Gurnery, Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy is a volunteer herself. Thank you Dorothy for all you do!

Semiahmoo House Society, a non-profit organization located in Surrey/White Rock, exists to provide quality services and supports to people with disabilities and their families in the community. The Semiahmoo Foundation exists to fund, support and enhance the programs and services delivered by Semiahmoo House Society.

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