Volunteer Feature Stories

vHub Newsletter features an inspiring story of one of our volunteers each month. Subscribe here and let’s celebrate their story!

George Shipley.

George Shipley

What to do when you retire: have fun!

George volunteers with DIGA because “It’s very fulfilling and it’s fun for us [woodshop volunteers] to see people enjoy themselves. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that!”

Maria Edora.

Maria Edora

Be kind, whenever possible.

After starting her journey as a volunteer with BCMOS, Maria realized that the organization is so much more than a program for people to stay active. She sincerely values BCMOS because “…it provides people who have disabilities with the opportunity to experience the greatness of being outdoors and that’s so important.”

Mark Short.

Mark Short

Explore. Dream. Discover.

“I appreciate the challenge of being out in the water, facing and working with our planet’s natural elements. In our current society, we find ourselves sheltered from nature, but on the water one has the opportunity to learn from it.”

David Spears.

David Spears

Service Before Self.

A valued Tetra volunteer, David Spears applies mechanical engineering expertise to remove barriers for those with disabilities by creating adaptive technologies that provide improved independence.

Volunteer Testimonials

I believe everyone can benefit greatly from learning to play and read music. I'm excited to continue helping out VAMS. Rachel Leong, Vancouver Adapted Music Society Music Volunteer.
Volunteering with BCMOS has given me the chance to meet people I may never have met otherwise. Along with wonderful personal connections on paddling and hiking outings, what stands out to me is how much autonomy and trust is given to volunteers and participants. Kevin Bouliane, BCMOS Paddling Volunteer.
It is always great to get outside and get my hands dirty in the garden. Being able to meet new people and give back to the community at the same time makes volunteering with DIGA such a joy. I am so glad I found the organization and got involved! Lauren Upham, DIGA Garden Volunteer.
Volunteering with ConnecTra has taught me so much. I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity to work with the ConnecTra team where I can learn more about people's stories, history, and their backgrounds. Arthur Lee, ConnecTra Society  Communications Volunteer.
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer with an organization that strives to better the community by focusing on accessibility. The people I have met are so kind and friendly! I love being a part of the team! Lauren Foote, Disability Foundation Administration Volunteer.
The endorphins I get from changing the lives of people with disabilities, sometimes radically, are worth the effort. Consequently, [us volunteers] build close relationships with our clients. David spears, Tetra Society of North America Engineer Volunteer, Vancouver.
My time volunteering with the BCMOS summer hiking program has been so rewarding. I think that it's a truly invaluable experience for everyone involved, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. Georgia Hume, BCMOS Hiking Volunteer.
It is such a treat to volunteer with the BCMOS Summer Paddling Program. I have learned so much from all the amazing clients I have assisted and always know I’m in for a great day when I am volunteering with BCMOS Summer Paddling. Angelina Brule, BCMOS
Paddling Volunteer.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Sheryl Newman, Volunteer Management Coordinator at volunteer@disabilityfoundation.org or by phone at (778) 945-8823.

The Disability Foundation and its affiliated societies comply with COVID-19 protocols as determined by the provincial health authorities (e.g., BC: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/covid-19). Our workers and volunteers will follow such protocols and must be vaccinated to work with and within our organizations (offices, program locations, and home visits), unless a medical exemption is in place. To protect our workers and volunteers, we expect our clients and partners to comply with COVID-19 health and safety regulations which means fully vaccinated unless there is a medical exemption. 

Thank you for making everyone’s health and safety the top priority.