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Retired Pediatric Nurse brings children joy through pet therapy

  • 11 April 2019
  • Author: Laura Ruddock
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Retired Pediatric Nurse brings children joy through pet therapy

Joan, an avid dog-lover and former Pediatric Nurse, spent much of her career gaining fulfillment through helping sick children. When her health began to decline and it became clear she would have to sacrifice the career she loved to take care of her physical well-being, she was desperate to find a way to still uplift children in need. This was the moment where a friend mentioned an organization she was volunteering with – Catholic Social Services (CSS) – and suggested Joan reach out about Pet Therapy.

Volunteering is a chance for re-invention

  • 10 April 2019
  • Author: Laura Ruddock
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Volunteering is a chance for re-invention

With her youngest daughter off to university and a few years after retirement, Maria Hicks was looking for a new way to spend her time. “I needed a mission. I needed to do something that would give me a feeling of purpose and fulfillment,” Maria says. “I’m not gifted to be a leader, and I don’t have a lot of money that I can share. This is what I can do. It’s the feeling of mothering, of nurturing, helping someone who needs it.”

Start them young to make a difference

  • 9 April 2019
  • Author: Laura Ruddock
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Start them young to make a difference

Dave and Alex Bouferguene are students at the University of Alberta. They are both active runners and are aiming for careers in health sciences.They’re also considered well-known volunteers at Catholic Social Services, having supported the agency since they were 12 and 13-years-old.

The Honourable Kevin Feehan to be recognized with Lifetime Contribution Award

  • 9 April 2019
  • Author: Laura Ruddock
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The Honourable Kevin Feehan to be recognized with Lifetime Contribution Award

On Wednesday, April 10, the Honourable Kevin Feehan will be recognized with Catholic Social Services’ (CSS) first inaugural Archbishop J.H. MacDonald Distinguished Lifetime Contribution Award for his outstanding contributions to the agency and those it serves. 

National Volunteer Week - Lifting Communities

  • 8 April 2019
  • Author: Laura Ruddock
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National Volunteer Week - Lifting Communities

Happy National Volunteer Week!

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” – Kofi Annan

From April 7 to 13, Catholic Social Services (CSS) will join thousands of other not-for-profits across Canada to celebrate the tremendous contributions and impact of volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

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