We spoke with Sylvie, who has volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels for over a just a year - she first joined the team at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. THANK YOU Sylvie for joining our volunteer team, and sharing some of your experiences!
"I first learned about MOW on Facebook through a group responding to the pandemic that MOW was in need of volunteers. I started volunteering on March 2020 with my husband, Philippe. He drives me and I deliver the meals. I had some training prior with Françoise, a seasoned and passionate volunteer.
Volunteering for MOW is a very rewarding experience for us, especially at this time when we know that being at home is not only the best option for seniors, but it is also the safest place. I can’t imagine how lonely it must be for them, but through this experience I am able to slowly connect with them more. Two seniors on our route started speaking French with me. I was surprised since it says on the sheet that she “speaks very little English “- well her French is excellent and it is not her mother tongue.
I also try to bring some children’s drawings with positive messages on them with the meals when appropriate. I think this really helps cheer them up as well.
I enjoy Health and Home Care Society of BC and the managing team. It is easy to get a hold of them in case of any problems or issues and the directions given are very straightforward. I understand now why so many volunteers helps the organization for so many years!
Regarding safety: I stay at least 2 meters from people and if I enter a home-which happens to drop off the meal on the counter, I wear my mask. And I wash my hands. I feel safe."