Posted by PDG Bill Hodges, Montreal-Lakeshore
 
Where does one find Rotarians?  Everywhere, it seems!  
 
Members of the Montreal Lakeshore Rotary Club, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate/Service Group Volunteer Program, continue to be active in the West Island and Montreal areas, helping out non-profit organizations and making a difference in the community. 
 
Prior to Christmas a team of Rotarian-volunteers participated, via VWI connections, in the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation’s annual Gift Wrapping Project at Fairview Shopping Centre, wrapping customers’ purchases, rendering them ready for gift-giving.  Donations from these grateful shoppers benefitted the LGH Foundation.
 
In addition, members of the Montreal-Lakeshore Club were introduced by VWI to Renée Mathieu, Activities Coordinator at CHSLD Denis-Benjamin Viger on île Bizard.   Ms Mathieu warmly welcomed visiting members and took them on a tour of the premises.  The Rotarians have developed an ongoing supportive relationship with this long-term care facility, collecting and preparing generous Care & Comfort Packages for residents, including much-needed toiletries and warm socks.
 
Recently a team of enthusiastic members of the Montreal-Lakeshore Club, again organized by Brenda Scalzo, Community Service Vice-Chair, in collaboration with VWI, lent a hand at Welcome Hall Mission.  Such assistance is always appreciated by Tania Togias, the Mission’s Volunteer Coordinator, and the Welcome Hall Team, but especially so at this time, since they were experiencing a dearth of volunteers and an increase in clothing donations and demand for the Mission’s crucial services during these frigid winter days.  Rotarians to the rescue!
 
When asked what the experience was like at Welcome Hall, Ms Scalzo replied unhesitatingly, “We enjoyed our time there, sorting through the never-ending pallets of clothes.  Our host, Anthony Bakerdjian, gave us a tour of their "Costco-like” warehouse filled with food and clothing, ready for distribution.  It was heartwarming to see the great generosity of corporations and individuals that filled their shelves. We hope to go back and work another ‘shift’.  We sure did have a good time!”
 
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