Senior Times, Let’s Connect…


by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support

‘Be kind to each other’, was the premise of a video clip I viewed online this past weekend. It was a moment in time on a subway, captured by someone on their cellphone, of one man assisting another man and literally giving him the shirt off of his back. It was a very powerful and touching message of kindness. The Oxford Dictionary defines kindness as, “the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate”.

The volunteers here at Kemptville & District Home Support exemplify kindness! They give generously of their time, and are definitely friendly and considerate. Without volunteers, the programs and services here at KDHSI could not continue. With a Team of over 140 volunteers involved with every aspect of this organization, I feel confident in KDHSI’s future!

If you call or stop by the Centre, you may be greeted by one of our Volunteers at reception. Ina Dyks, who just received her 10 year Ontario Volunteer Service Award, is one of the Footcare receptionists who looks after booking appointments and spends time with the clients while they wait. There are volunteers who help out with the Income Tax program, those who visit people, and make regular telephone calls. Volunteers help out with the Meals on Wheels program, making calls in the kitchen and delivering the meals.

Marina Abbott, Valerie Morris and Lynn McGuire are the lead volunteers for the Diners’ Club, looking after the menu and the décor. There are many other volunteers helping with meal prep, the dining area and clean-up. Good food and good times ensue throughout the whole day!

Our transportation volunteers spend a lot of time with people, driving them to appointments, both locally and long-distance. The Singing Seniors volunteer their time going out to sing at local facilities and other venues, and have been very involved in fundraising for KDHSI.

Paint & T’ookies time is almost here again. This is a monthly art afternoon with KDHSI Volunteer Gayle Holmes, with tea (or coffee) and cookies. The October painting will be of an Angel. Gayle will lead the group though the painting process; and, everyone will go home with a painting at the end of the day. The cost of each session is only $20, including supplies and T’ookies, and will be held on the third Tuesday of each month. There is limited space, and the October 16 session is filling up. If you are interested, please call to get your name on the list.

All of Kemptville & District Home Support’s Volunteers have such a genuine interest in helping out others and the organization. These are the people I go to when I’m looking for ideas or feedback on a particular item.

For a full calendar of events and information on volunteering, please stop by the Centre, or visit the website at

“Be kind whenever possible – it is always possible” – Dalai Lama

Until next time,


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