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Volunteers

Volunteering with The Oakville Strokers is a great opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, be part of a team, share your experience, learn new skills, have fun and develop lasting friendships.

The Oakville Strokers is a registered community charity for stroke survivors. It is operated by an Advisory Board of Volunteers in close collaboration with the Town of Oakville Recreation and Culture Department and the Physiotherapy Department of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

The program began in the spring of 1995 with 3 Participants and 4 Volunteers. It has grown steadily and now has approximately 30 Participants and 50 Volunteers.

We greatly value, and rely on, our Volunteers who together make The Oakville Strokers a success.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, you’ll have to complete an Application Form and Emergency Contact form. A Police Vulnerable Sector check (PVC) will also be required. Please contact us and we’ll email you the appropriate documentation.

To learn more, contact:

Pauline Huddlestone
Volunteer Representative
905 257-1829
pchuddlestone@aol.com

This is my second year as a participant in the Oakville Strokers group. The combination of weekly social and physical activities at the Glen Abbey Recreational Centre provides a stimulating environment for group interaction. As a physically handicapped participant, l enjoy the camaraderie of the group and the outstanding contribution that the organizers bring to the weekly activities.

– Jim –

 

“ 18 years ago, I had no idea how much satisfaction I would derive form volunteering with Strokers. I see how hard the participants must work and this makes me grateful I can help out in this small way.

A large part of Strokers is the social connection. Each week we greet each other and catch up over coffee, tea and treats.

We do some land exercises and sometimes I am asked to lead. In the past, other volunteers would lift me onto a table so people could see me. Even now, when I stay on the ground, there are comments on my small stature when I lead the exercises and laughter follows.

In the pool, I work with several women. Having an affinity for water, this is special for me. I love how the water supports and helps to build strength and balance. But the best part of all is the laughter and the smiles.

Bern and I have many good memories and we have cultivated many friendships.
I am so thankful that we joined Strokers. “

– Millie –

 

“I thought it was a wonderful idea for stroke survivors to not only get together for some exercise and social time in the pool but to have a getaway and break from the daily routine. I have been really enjoying many years volunteering. It is so satisfying to be able to meet new people and to have some camaraderie and exercise together. Even when we can’t use the pool, we have a cohesive group that actively finds ways to connect in other ways and to keep spirits up.”

– Gay –

 

“ Volunteering with Strokers’ is both fascinating and satisfying. Each of us has a narrative we like to tell. Among the participants at Strokers’ these stories are diverse, extensive and interesting. What I find most satisfying volunteering with Strokers’ is being able to listen to these stories and to share insights with both participants and volunteers. In addition, you get great exercise when in the pool”

– Richard –

 

CONTACT US

Fill out our contact form and we'll be able to reach you by email.

Alternatively, you can reach

Diana Berriman
Program Director
905 842-8791
berrimandiana@gmail.com

Pauline Huddlestone
Volunteer Representative
905 257-1829
pchuddlestone@aol.com

Andrew Westcott
Registrar
289 834-3933
amwestcott@bell.net

DONATE

We welcome and greatly appreciate your donation.  Tax receipts are issued.
The Oakville Strokers’ Charitable Registration Number is 873037840 RR0001.

To donate, mail your cheque to:

The Oakville Strokers
c/o 287 Rebecca Street,
Oakville, ON L6K 0G9

 

You can also donate to us using Canada Helps by following this link.

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