“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That’s the motto Barry C. lives by and what prompted him to volunteer for the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Living near the Ottawa site and realizing they could use some help, Barry has served as a porter for the pharmacy and office for more than nine and half years.
Twice a week, Barry retrieves a cart from the pharmacy and checks the labels to see where he needs to deliver much-needed medication or other goods to the various wards.
He’s also willing to take on extra duties if necessary and is quick to help out if his services are required more often then his pair of regular shifts.
He enjoys the complimentary orange juice while he works, and Barry says volunteering has also helped him earn a lot of respect and even medallions of gratitude for his service.
“People are thankful when I can help out, especially in last-minute situations,” he says. “I’m thankful to receive my disability pension and so I want to help others.”