On April 21, Toujours ensemble held a special evening event to celebrate Volunteer Week and to express its gratitude towards its volunteers for their unwavering support and commitment. The evening brought together volunteers, staff members and Melissa Bellerose, the Executive Director.
“Volunteering is an important driving force for Toujours ensemble. Each year, over 100 dedicated and caring volunteers actively support the youth of Verdun. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to provide the one-on-one support our youth need, such as tutoring and other services that contribute to their success. We are very grateful to them.” Melissa Bellerose, Executive Director
Borough Councillor Céline-Audrey Beauregard also joined the celebration and launched the festivities with a beautiful message to the assembled volunteers.
The organizers acknowledged the individual work of each volunteer by presenting them with a personalized certificate and a handmade gift. Volunteers were then able to socialize, enjoy a light snack and participate in a fun game in a friendly atmosphere. A video was shown featuring staff and youth from Toujours ensemble.
The annual Carolyn Hayes Renaud Awards, which recognize the outstanding involvement of an adult volunteer and a youth volunteer, were presented during the evening.
To find out about volunteer opportunities, you can visit here the Toujours ensemble website.
The 2023 recipients:
Katherine Poirier, a Bachelor of Education student.
She is extremely appreciated by the teenagers, as much for the quality of the academic support she provides as for the meaningful relationship she has established with them. Many of the students she has tutored in past years have made dramatic improvements in their grades, regaining their self-confidence and seeing their motivation soar.
Clara Helena Vardi, Secondary 3 student.
Originally from Brazil, and having started her journey in Canada as a student in a welcome class, Clara truly cares about the well-being of the other students in the program. A few months ago, she expressed her desire to volunteer as a tutor to help the students with their homework. She is now helping them overcome the challenges she herself has faced, due to mastering a language that is not their own.
Source Toujours ensemble