Impact Stories


Carol’s Story

Carol’s Story

“I started to volunteer at Stratford General Hospital when I retired from Fram Canada after 25 years of service.  I started in the coffee shop under Shirley Aitcheson.  I was mostly on cash as I once worked at Towers as a cashier.

I love meeting the public and wear funny hats on special occasions so I can make people smile. I think laughter is the best medicine.

I have met some exceptional people while working at the coffee shop.  One time a customer gave me $20 and told me to buy coffee for the people who came after him.  People were really surprised that a total stranger was paying for their coffee!

While we were renovating the hospital, the coffee shop was moved to a room near the old emergency entrance and I wasn’t needed so I started to volunteer at the Information Desk under Darlene Bell.  I helped Darlene by typing the calendar schedule as she was doing it by hand.  I still wear those funny hats and type the calendar schedule under Cheryl Hunt.  What a grand lady she is!

I love volunteering as I find it very rewarding to give a little back to my community.

That's my story and I am sticking to it. Thank you.”

Posted Monday, October 5 2015

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