Volunteers are the Heart of our Team!!

This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Black Creek. The event celebrated the positive contributions volunteers have made this past year! Sandy Leemet Executive Director welcomed the volunteers and highlighted the many ways they are making a difference for our organization. Those in attendance enjoyed a wonderful meal, wine and dessert while getting the opportunity to get to know each other. The evening included many draws for prizes and recognition of volunteer milestone years and of service. Sandy reminded volunteers that the best way to recruit new volunteers is through our volunteer team members. “Happy volunteers sharing their experiences with others is the best way to recruit new volunteers!”

10 Years of Service Recipient:

Linda began volunteering as an Activities Chair for our 2014 Fundraising Event. After demonstrating graphic design skills, Linda began creating our advertising for fundraising events that followed.  She has always been passionate about making a difference for others. Her kind heart, generosity and cheerful personality brought her to volunteer for our organization in 2014. Her organizational skills, administrative talent and strong work ethic earned her a full time position with our agency in 2016. Linda has been missed since retiring as an employee in 2021. We are happy that she has remained a dedicated volunteer. We are grateful to have her as a valued member of our fundraising committee! 

Thank you Linda, we feel lucky to have you as part of our volunteer team!

5 Years of Service Recipient:

Five years ago Lynda reached out to our organization to find out more about how she could make a difference through volunteerism. Lynda has been volunteering with Community Living Fort Erie since 2019. She has volunteered as the chair of raffle/basket wrapping and has brought many creative ideas to our fundraising team.

Thank you Lynda for your years of service. We value and appreciate the contributions that you have made!

Welcome New Volunteers!

Sana Siddiqui
Sana came to our organization looking for a way to serve her community. She has a genuine passion to make a difference and give back in a positive way!  Sana has been exploring our leisure buddy program in hopes of connecting with a person supported.
She brings many wonderful qualities to our volunteer team. Sana is described as “always willing to help, adaptable, and a great leader.”
She inspires people ‘to be the best that they can be”  Thank you Sana for choosing us to donate your valuable time!

Arman Singh
Arman is a student at Sheridan College. He has previous volunteer experience working with vulnerable people. Arman has volunteered in soup kitchens and with the elderly. Arman came to volunteer with CLFE because he was looking for a way to become a valued member of his community. Arman enjoys gardening, loves the arts and machining. Arman is described as friendly, eager to learn, kind and patient. We appreciate Arman joining our volunteer team and look forward to seeing the difference he will be making for others.

Eduardo Munoz addressed Mayor Redekop and Fort Erie Councilors at the Monday April 22, 2024 Town Council Meeting. On behalf of Community Living-Fort Erie Eddie requested that May be declared Community Living Month in the Town of Fort Erie. His personal moto is “Do Your Job” as part of a team!! He spoke about the many inclusive teams he is a part of in his community and the importance of all “team members”.

“I am a person with Autism who is supported by Community Living-Fort Erie.  Autism does not stop me from being a part of my community. It is important for me to be part of a team, like I am included and I am making valuable contributions”
Eduardo shared that he is very “thankful to be a part of the Fort Erie community” and he described the many ways he is included! He expressed his gratitude to Community Living-Fort Erie for their support to help him make his own and for encouraging him to participate in new community activities. “They support me to seek out new challenges for myself and encourage me to be my best self”
Eduardo thanked Mayor Redekop and Fort Erie Council members for continuing to promote inclusivity in the Fort Erie community for all people regardless of their different abilities.
Following Eduardo’s presentation Mayor Redekop expressed that he felt that Community Living-Fort Erie was “one of the premiere organizations in our town”. Nick Dubanow followed up stating that Community Living-Fort Erie has done amazing things for individuals in our community and he acknowledged the hard working staff who support people with professionalism and dignity.
The entire presentation can be viewed by clicking the link below. 

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