Nancy, Morrow Park Volunteer
Nancy shares her story of volunteering at Morrow Park.
Three years ago, I was looking for a new volunteer job. A lady told me I should contact the Sister's Morrow Park motherhouse, saying the Sisters might need somebody. I called them and I was asked, "What can you do?" I mentioned that I could lead a sing-song really well, and that I knew pretty much every old song in the book since my family and I were very musical. And I got the position!
Tea time singing
I visit the Sisters in the Morrow Park infirmary on the second floor. I come in around 2 p.m. when the Sisters are in the common room at tea time. I go from table to table and meet with everyone. I have four grandchildren and they're all under the age of two, so I always bring a new picture, something to share. We talk about my grandchildren and I start my visit that way.
At 2:30 p.m., I get my guitar out and we start singing. I sing and talk and I tell them stories and we do that until 3:30 p.m.
I was a nurse. When the children were born, my husband and I thought the best place for me was at home. But I realized, I could do good work in the community by volunteering.
I've coordinated Meals on Wheels for Markham for 10 years. Sometimes, I'd deliver meals myself and go into homes. I realized there's a real need for people to have someone come in to cheer them up a little.
Being with the Sisters
Once, my 1-year-old grandson was in town. I brought him in to visit the Sisters. They loved seeing him! One fed him his bottle and another held him on her lap. They all took turns. It was really nice to see them so happy. The Sisters are so gracious. They're wonderful people and I absolutely love being with them.