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A big thank you to all CAMH volunteers

TVO and CAMH staff with their floor hockey sticks - goalie lies down in front of the group

In commemorating National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014), Governor-General David Johnson described Canada as a “smart and caring nation.” I think that goes for CAMH too – fitting, given the way volunteerism is woven into the CAMH community.

In 2013/2014 we had 1,303 people who gave approximately 130,000 hours of their time, working alongside staff in every corner of CAMH. Our volunteer selection process is selective and diverse. We’re supported by current and former patients, family members, students, graduates, community members and professionals who want to share their talents.

>> Volunteer with CAMH

Our volunteers do an enormous variety of work – sharing experiences as alumni speakers in the Getting Started program, assisting in research, facilitating art or yoga for patients.

 

Hank Ko playing his violin

Hank Ko hopes to bring a little music and a little joy into the lives of clients in the geriatric mental health program. The 20-year-old student volunteers once a week at CAMH. Find out more about Hank and other CAMH volunteers

In addition to the individuals who volunteer at CAMH, we have a robust Corporate Volunteer program that brings engagement from a broader community. Since 2007 more than 1,500 corporate employees have visited CAMH, worked and played alongside our patients.

This work brings one of the CAMH strategic plan promises to life: Everyone who touches CAMH will become an advocate for mental health.

Here’s a fantastic quote from a TD Bank employee:

“I did get a sense at CAMH that patients are treated with respect and that sends a powerful message. We can and will help get out your message of respect and tolerance.”

Our volunteers truly are smart and caring – they make CAMH a richer place.

To all our volunteers: Thank you!

* Top photo: On March 21, Steven Paikin and his crew from TVO’s The Agenda joined the Corporate Volunteer Program for the 3rd annual Sports Challenge, taking on the Drug Treatment Court team for a rousing game of floor hockey.

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