Garth and Susie are new Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteers who started helping in mid-March near the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak – they saw a news item about our need for volunteers. Garth, a retired HandyDart driver, had previously volunteered with MOW in Powell River. He knew how important the service is for homebound seniors or people with mobility issues.
Garth and Susie travel regularly. Susie, a retired high school teacher, has taught in England, Italy, Tanzania, as well as North Vancouver and Powell River. “Volunteering on a regular basis isn’t always possible when we travel,” says Susie. However, the recent travel restrictions and their desire to stay close to home has given them more free time.
“We decided to reach out and lend a helping hand by delivering Meals on Wheels in the West End, our own neighbourhood. It also helps that we have a parking pass,” Garth noted, “because parking can be a challenge at times.”
Susie delivers directly to clients while Garth stays in the car. She knows that some clients are lonely; they look forward to the brief chat and informal safety check they get with each delivery. Thanks Garth & Susie!