I’m Henry Duncan and I volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford. I got involved because I was looking to do volunteer work after retirement and since my mother had Alzheimer’s disease I felt the Alzheimer Society would be the best fit for me.
I have been volunteering with the Alzheimer Society for approximately 15 years and although volunteer companion is my main role I also help out with a lot of different tasks. There’s always something that needs doing, whether it’s work on display booths, errands, set up for special events, shopping for office supplies, research presentations, phone calling and prepping newsletters for mailing.
My favourite moment from volunteering was when I took my volunteer companion to Caressant Care Nursing Home, where he joined a 92 year old resident and put on a jam session to entertain residents. He played a harmonica, I played the bag pipes and the resident played a guitar. Everyone had a blast!
Whatever you do as a volunteer is very worthwhile as the Society provides a great and needed service to many people in Oxford County. All volunteer work is greatly appreciated by the Society and clients and all volunteers are valued and treated well by the Society staff. It has been an important part of my life for many years. I have met many interesting people, made many friends and have felt a great deal of satisfaction in helping people and contributing to my community.
Volunteer, Alzheimer Society of Oxford County