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Volunteering is Priceless

Many people, like myself, were brought to St. Michael’s Hospital as a patient via their helipad. 

After my my motorcycle accident, I was unable to return to my job as a school Teacher. I had several years of retraining and relearning before I could return to this job.

So, I started volunteering in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. This is the same ICU where the doctors and Neuro-surgeons had told my parents that I was Brain Dead and that I would never come out of the deep coma that I lay in. These doctors loved seeing me back as a volunteer and they were very glad that they had made a mistake with my case. 

I volunteered in the ICU for 20 years as I really loved this important job. 

NOTE: Volunteering or giving to others increases the production of three brain chemicals — dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. These chemicals will improve your mood which explains why you feel good when you give to others. Volunteering also provides a sense of purpose and appreciation.

During my time as a volunteer I got to pass on my message of ‘Hope’ and to encourage the families to ‘Never Give Up.’

Volunteering is a great way for someone to learn new skills and to practice new skills and they might find a new direction for themselves as well. I would encourage other survivors to look into opportunities to participate in volunteer work.

Here are some Great Volunteering Quotations:

*(1)*You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. (Winston Churchill) 

*(2)* Volunteering has an excellent return on investment: you receive so much more than you could ever give. 

*(3)* Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.


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