A volunteer for more than 50 years, Richard’s service with Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care is a drop in his bucket of his volunteerism. Twenty-six years ago, Richard was one of the first volunteers recruited to provide psychosocial and practical support to those living with a terminal and/or life-limiting illness. Up until the pandemic, he continued to provide emotional, spiritual, grief, bereavement and respite support to clients in the comfort of their own homes during the end-of-life journey. It takes a unique and extraordinary person to deliver a unique and extraordinary service to numerous people over many years. And better still, to do it consistently. Richard is our Lifetime Achievement recipient for two reasons: His life philosophy is to serve, stretching back to his time as a youth camp leader and through his years creating safe spaces for others. And secondly, as one of the Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care’s first ever volunteers.
As featured on Volunteer Toronto website: Legacy Awards 2020 (volunteertoronto.ca)