Why do I volunteer?

A personal point of view

By Gabriela Cendon
Published Monday, April 25, 2022

Volunteering at Concordia Hospital has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Since I was little, I remember playing with my dolls and pretending to be a physician or a nurse. When the pandemic started, multiple media sources showed how much we need one another and how we rely on the knowledge, professionalism and empathy of healthcare professionals.

I started my volunteer journey in 2021. I have worked in the Day Surgery and Recreational Services departments, and I also help with post-operatory surveys. It is astounding to see how everyone becomes a family so quickly, and how everyone gives their all to save and care for a life.

Everyone is passionate, empathetic and attentive to what they are doing and to everyone around them – which is why I was inspired to pursue a medical degree in the near future.

Here are some more reasons why I volunteer at Concordia Hospital:

  • It connects you with the community – While making the calls for post-operatory surveys, I am able to give and receive advice from community members, all while hearing and sharing multiple stories.
  • It’s needed and it pays forward – As we have seen throughout the pandemic, our health care workers share their knowledge, time, strength and faith. It is truly rewarding to be a part of a team of volunteers that gives their time to help those who have always been there for us when we were in need. 
  • It offers views to a new profession and builds up your network – There are many roles you can explore as a volunteer and perhaps find something that you would like to pursue as a career. By meeting people you can make good network connections, and build trust and respect with your future leaders and co-workers. 
  • There is no cost involved – Volunteers help decrease administrative costs, allowing budgets to go towards research and medical equipment.
  • You get that “second family” feeling – I have met many people since I started my journey as a volunteer. I have built respect, trust, and affection for everyone with whom I have worked. It truly a blessing to come to my shifts and be able to help, interact and learn from such incredible people that truly make me feel like a part of the crew!

Please consider becoming a volunteer. It would be a pleasure to work alongside you and help those who have given us so much!

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