In section: Volunteer work

A Young Volunteer at Maison Jésus-Marie

At the request of Sister Luce Boyer, I am giving you my impressions of my many visits to Maison Jésus-Marie on Sunday afternoons as a volunteer.

In my school, we learn a lot of important lessons for life, but nothing compares to what I am learning in the Community, by doing something for the Sisters.

As a project for my course in education for citizenship, the students at the Secondary 2 level in my school must do 10 hours of volunteer work each semester. That is a total of 30 hours for the year. I chose to work at Maison Jésus-Marie.


Sarah Zidle, Dorothy Guha’s granddaughter

I go to the 3rd floor every Sunday to read and speak to the Sisters who are ill. I really enjoy this. It helps me with my French because I am English and I am also learning a lot about the lives of the Sisters. Sometimes they tell me stories about their lives and their childhood. It is all very interesting!

I don’t see this as work, but rather I try to bring some joy to them. It is the best feeling in the world to see the impact I can make by being there for someone. I enjoy it when the Sisters remember me even though they sometimes have difficulty expressing it. 

Volunteering at MJM is wonderful! I am learning, I am having fun and I am helping the Sisters who have helped the Community throughout their lives. I see this approach as 10% for my ethics course and 90% for my happiness.

Sarah Zidle, granddaughter of Dorothy Guha,
English-speaking Associate

Other articles in the section Volunteer work
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A Young Volunteer at Maison Jésus-Marie
Sister Yolande Moreau: fifteen years of volunteering
Sister Thérèse Laplante, Volunteer of the Year 2013
Say It With Flowers
Volunteer Appreciation Week