Meet NVRC Volunteer Louise

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Meet NVRC Volunteer Louise

Volunteering Builds Connections to Community

Louise Thomas understands the value of a community centre as a place to bring people together and get active.  The busy retiree makes the most of NVRC, taking programs and volunteering her time.  She discovered her appreciation for our diverse community as a Volunteer Ambassador, when the new Delbrook Community Centre opened in 2017.  She toured hundreds of residents and enjoyed meeting people of all ages, cultures and interests.

“A community centre provides a safe and welcoming environment to get active, meet others and develop a sense of belonging.  That’s why I volunteer,” said Louise.  

Louise volunteers with NVRC’s Kids & Clay program and special events and also with North Van Arts.  When she’s not busy spending time with her give grandchildren, she keeps active going to aquafit classes, playing pickle ball, golfing and travelling with her husband.  She also enjoys painting and lessons at the art studio at John Braithwaite Community Centre.

Getting more by giving back
“A community centre provides a safe and welcoming environment to get active, meet others and develop a sense of belonging.  That’s why I volunteer,” said Louise.  

Louise highly recommends volunteering.  “It’s a great way to develop self-confidence, give back and have meaning in your life,” she said.  One of many examples she shares is meeting a recent newcomer to Canada who had a young family and was feeling socially isolated.  With encouragement from Louise, the young woman started volunteering with NVRC as a way to connect with her new community.  

NVRC is proud to play a key role in bringing people of all cultures, interests and abilities together.  Volunteers like Louise touch the lives of others, illustrating the value of service as part of a healthy lifestyle and inspiring wellness and connection in our community.