Meet our Volunteers

We are so lucky to have over 100 volunteers come join us every year, but here are just a few of our regular super stars:

Tamara

What is your role with Dixon as a volunteer?

I do weekly grocery delivery and recently I’ve been an advocate for the House in helping to acquire and organize donations.

For how long have you been volunteering with Dixon?

Since November 2016

What is your favourite thing about volunteering?

I couldn’t put into words how rewarding this is, all I can do is say thank you to Dixon for the amazing opportunities.

What quote, ideology or theme inspires you to continue to do what you do?

I’ve only asked for three things to get me through the good and bad times: peace, grace, and strength.

Helen 

What is your role with Dixon as a volunteer?

I am a Master Gardener, a Certified Horticultural Therapist and the  Coordinator of the Dixon House Garden Project (one of a number of  community projects with the VanDusen Master Gardeners). I  currently have 7 volunteers who join me every Tuesday morning at  Dixon House for a few hours of work in the garden.

For how long have you been volunteering with Dixon?

I started the project in 2001.

What is your favourite thing about volunteering?

We work in the garden to create beauty and a sense of refuge for staff and residents. We like to encourage residents to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of horticulture and the natural world by joining us in the garden.

What quote, ideology or theme inspires you to continue to do what you do?

“A garden is a teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Rena

What is your role with Dixon as a volunteer?

I tutor some of the fantastic women and children at the Transition House in mainly English but also math, science, Spanish, and more! I have also helped a couple with their citizenship test preparation.

For how long have you been volunteering with Dixon?

Since October 2016

What is your favourite thing about volunteering?

My favourite thing is seeing the constant positive outlook most of the residents have on life and how I can try to help make their day maybe a bit brighter by a kind smile and attitude.

What quote, ideology or theme inspires you to continue to do what you do?

You never know what anyone has gone through in the last minute, hour, day, or year of their life and all it takes in one second to extend a smile and change someone’s day if even for a minute.