National Volunteer Week Message from Executive Director, Gail Gould

Dearest Bernard Betel Centre Volunteers:

The concept of ‘tikun olam- repair the world’ expresses the value of volunteering in Judaism. It is one of the primary Jewish principles that unifies, engages and motivates our community.

One of our Jewish sages said; “It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes all the difference in the world.”

During these challenging days, with most of us self-isolating and working remotely many of us have more time to reflect on what is important in our lives and what makes a difference to us and our community. For me that answer is simple. YOU!

Our volunteers are the backbone of this organization, and the heart and soul of our community. Without your compassion, dedication and professionalism the Bernard Betel Centre would not be able to function. From delivering Meals on Wheels during this pandemic, to being a Friendly Visitor spending long hours on the telephone with isolated seniors. From teaching our members dance and computers to registering Holocaust Survivors for Café Europa. From being on our Board of Directors and Centre committees to teaching Current Events to name a few, you bring a richness to the Betel Centre – your skills, advice, experience, intellect, leadership and most of all you bring compassion and help in building and strengthening our community.

You help us in so many ways fill the voids and expand our reach within the community we serve.

You contribute to our capacity to make a difference to the people we serve and to the community.

Your warm, sparkling smiles light up the lives of our members and are a lifeline to our many community participants.

Although we can’t be physically with you this National Volunteer Week, please know that you are in our thoughts and our hearts.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your inspiring dedication and tremendous example to the volunteer community. You are all truly appreciated and a significant part of the Betel Centre “family”.

With the deepest gratitude,

Gail Gould
Executive Director
Bernard Betel Centre


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