Fontbonne Ministries Thanks Volunteers
It's nice to know that what we do is appreciated
Over 80 people attended the Fontbonne Ministries Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Volunteers, staff and Sisters gathered at Mustard Seed at 791 Queen Street East. Together, they shared and socialized over a mid-day meal and celebrated another year of volunteers donating time and effort to different programs in Fontbonne Ministries.
After the brunch, Sister Thérèse Meunier spoke to the volunteers and thanked them for their contributions. "You exemplify the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph in your welcome of each person, in your respect for every individual and in your affirmation of all," she said. "Each volunteer in Fontbonne Ministries is a light of hope in our world. Thank you for being the light of hope for over 12,000 Fontbonne Ministries visits by participants in the year 2012."
Each Sister-Director had a chance to address the volunteers. They spoke of their individual ministries and the role volunteers had played in Studio on the Hill, Village Mosaic, Mustard Seed, Faith Connections and In Good Company. Towards the end of the gathering, Sister-Directors asked volunteers in their ministries to come to the front of the room so that they could give each volunteer a Fontbonne Ministries coffee mug as a gift.
"It's a nice gesture," said Caroline, a Faith Connections volunteer, holding her gift in hand. "It's nice to know that what we do is appreciated."
Phil, who volunteers with Village Mosaic, was pleased to see Fontbonne Ministries setting aside time and space to thank its volunteers. "I think the Sisters are thanking us all the time when we volunteer," he said, "but it's great to be thanked in a more formal way."
"It's a great feeling to be here," said William, a Mustard Seed volunteer.