Meals on Wheels volunteers are our eyes and ears in the community and as regular visitors to some of our isolated and frail seniors, report back to us on their well being. Rolly joined our team in September 2012 and has not looked back. Each week he looks forward to bringing a friendly smile, an encouraging word, as well as the hot meal to each of his clients. In addition, he has been successful in encouraging several of his acquaintances to enroll as Meals on Wheels volunteers for SCHC.
Rolly has been active since he retired as Superintendent of Program for the TDSB. He was on the Board of Directors for L’Arche Daybreak, Richmond Hill for ten years and was Chairman of the Board for the last three years. A former Olympic basketball team member and basketball referee, he worked with the Scarborough Village Advisory Committee and was able to convince the Toronto Raptors to completely refurbish a basketball court for the youth in the Scarborough Village Community. He still participates in tennis and enjoys the outdoors on a daily basis.
The cold winter months are approaching, and what a home-bound client needs is a warm and friendly visitor to cheer them up on a snowy cloudy day. That’s what SCHC’s Friendly Visiting Volunteer Deepak Malhotra does for three of our clients. Deepak started volunteering in October last year. Going with his calling to help seniors, he immediately opted to be matched. He misses his grandfather back in India, so while vising these clients he is able to do his duty, which he could not do for his own grandfather. In return, he receives their blessings, love and wisdom. He has also completed the training being a hospice volunteer and will soon be matched with a palliative client.
Deepak has held many jobs but believes, “this is one of the best jobs I could have. I thank the team of SCHC for giving me the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the community.”
He further adds, “I’m passionate about helping others. For me that passion is visiting elderly, spending quality time with them, listening to their stories, life experiences, above all getting their love, blessings and wisdom.
I feel empowered with all the tools, knowledge and training that SCHC has provided. It has not only helped me to be the person I am today but has also helped me make a difference in the lives of families I am visiting.
Thank you SCHC!”
SCHC has about 35 volunteers visiting isolated clients in their homes to help them out of their loneliness. This is one of our services geared towards maintaining seniors in their homes longer. Volunteers help us achieve that goal of supporting communities.