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Volunteering is something I experienced as a child without realising what I was doing. My parents gave so much of their time and I just went along with them, whatever the organisation or event. As a teenager I became a cub scout leader at our Church and also a member of the Youth Fellowship where we did all sorts of service projects in our community in the South of England. We had fun with our volunteering and it brought us closer as a group, making lifelong friendships. My husband’s job took us overseas and we lived in several countries before coming to Canada. Many of those years were spent in developing countries where there was a lot of scope to help people in need. Working with many different service organisations and continuing my involvement in Scouting gave me the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people and experience the countries we were living in more fully. Since retiring, I had been looking for a change in my volunteer role. After 35 years of Scouting, I felt I needed to try something new. Two friends, both like me, with medical backgrounds, but living in different countries were involved in giving their time as Hospice volunteers and suggested it might be a good fit for me. I did some internet research on Hospice Care and contacted Better Living. I found everyone I met very welcoming and the training programme was an exceptional experience. I have been lucky to have the same client since I started and have found that sharing someone’s life stories can be very rewarding. I feel that it is very important to enjoy your volunteer time and know your limitations. The staff and other volunteers provide a supportive network and I am learning something new all the time at the various workshops offered. Thank you Better Living for giving me the opportunity to meet people whose path I might never have crossed and showing your appreciation for your volunteers.