Discovery clients volunteer at a number of places in the community. Volunteering is very important because it promotes confidence and self-esteem, teaches skills, enables community inclusion and gives a sense of accomplishment.
Torquay Elementary School –sign language
Red and Orange and Yellow and Green…
Blue and Purple are seen
Sam, Ashley, Peter and William are signing as we sing along with children at Torquay Kindergarten class. After the song it’s William’s turn to teach the days of the week “Boys and girls, let’s begin now". William takes teaching seriously reminding support staff if they forget to give him a turn. Peter simply enjoys being with kids. He often bends down and gives a gentle handshake to a child. Ashley has incredible memory of things and items we have taught earlier. The kids are always excited to see us and give us a huge welcome!
Kiwanis House shopping Program
The Kiwanis Shopping Program benefits the young moms' program at Kiwanis. Ian is carrier of the key. He is responsible for opening and closing the doors at Kiwanis. He is also working towards his personal goal of being able to stock the fridge making sure that all the items are in the right place. Deanne is practising her reading by calling out items to be purchased and Ashley is working on opening and closing produce bags.
Recycling for schools
Where are your recyclable materials going every week? All of those little juice boxes or bottles of refreshment? Would you like to see some magic happen? Hardworking clients, Bryce, William, Patrick, Kevin and Ian are ready to come and pick up pop bottles, cans and tetra packs, etc. take them to Bottle Depot and establish an account for your School to benefit your PAC programs. Quadra, Lake Hill and Torquay Elementary Schools were quick to jump on board when we introduced this program.
Kiwanis toy cleaning
Thursday afternoon the toy cleaning crew is working hard at Kiwanis House. William washes, Peter rinses and Ashley dries the toys. There is absolute silence as everyone concentrates on the task at hand. Team work and commitment!
Our Place potato peeling
For years and years a crew from GHS has gone to Our Place to assist with kitchen chores, mostly peeling potatoes. Tracy is always on hand to greet GHS clients with open arms, in fact we can't even enter the kitchen before everyone gets a "Tracy hug".
CRD Pound cat shelter
Every Thursday morning Patricia, David and Kevin head out to the CRD pound to lavish some TLC on the cats and dogs staying there. Patricia uses a lot of her activity time to make handmade toys for those cats to play with while David is delighted when a cat jumps on his walker. Kevin spends most of his time walking the dogs and handing out cookies for those who are in cages and not able to go out. Mary's Farm & Sanctuary
Horses are incredible animals. They seem to sense when people have special needs and they try their best to adapt to meet those needs. These gentle giants are unbelievably understanding, compassionate and completely non-judgmental. That's why clients who volunteer to brush and groom the horses at Mary's Farm & Sanctuary gain invaluable skills such as listening and sequencing (following multi-step directions in the right order), left-to-right orientation and directionality (starting at the front, move to the back, move left to right).
Military Families Resource Centre
William, Peter and Deanne are making sure that all the kids’ toys are kept clean. William and Deanne are also reading short stories to the children, along with some sign language games and songs.