We’re celebrating the return of our amazing volunteers…

It’s been two years since we had to close our doors to our precious volunteers and we’re thrilled to welcome back such an integral part of our team and community! Our volunteers help residents thrive socially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Welcome back and thank you for putting #EmpathyInAction!

Meet Shirley Friesen

Shirley, 85, has spent over 4,000 hours in the last seven years sitting quietly with, holding hands, reading to, and comforting residents on their final journey in life. In these holy moments – which can also be restless and anxious times – Shirley volunteers her time to be with those who do not have family or friends nearby.

Shirley’s “empathy in action” has also inspired others to become palliative volunteers. “It’s been a huge gift to Menno Place to have these volunteers and Shirley really got it started and I’m so grateful to her,” says Menno Place Chaplain, Ingrid Schultz.

 “Shirley gives of herself, her time, and her love and it’s a very precious gift” adds Menno Place CEO, Karen Biggs.

Shirley Friesen was recognized by BC Care Providers Association and EngAGE BC as an #EmpathyInAction volunteer for 2022.

Check out the National Volunteer Week feature HERE.

 The following video shares more of Shirley’s story and why she continues this very important work at Menno Place.

Are you interested in volunteering at Menno Place?

Discover recreation and pastoral care volunteer opportunities and submit your application.