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and Mental Health

Corporate Volunteers Testimonials

Salesforce 
Volunteering since 2012

Patrick Vincent, Salesforce Volunteer, 2016: 

I have had the pleasure of volunteering with CAMH on several occasions over the last two years.  My colleagues and I have been involved in barbecues, nutrition classes, and​ holiday parties and sports activities.  We always enjoy the volunteer opportunities at ​CAMH, and feel we are making a dir​ect impact on the lives of clients.  CAMH provides an incredibly valuable service to its clients and the community, and we are always looking forward to the next event!”

Katie Lacroix. Salesforce Volunteer, 2016: 

​​"Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of volunteering at CAMH through a variety of different programs such as floor hockey, holiday parties, drumming circles, an outdoor BBQ party with a water balloon toss and a health and awareness event that involved baking muffins. Each and every one of these events was unique and I feel honoured to have met such a large number of CAMH clients. I personally have learned so much through my interaction with the clients about the importance of doing my part to end the stigma and negative perception of mental illness. 

Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a client that is reserved at the beginning of the event break down their own barriers and begin participating and interacting more and more throughout the event."​


Amdocs 
Volunteering since 2010

Michelle Hoffer, Amdocs Volunteer, 2016: 

​“I look forward to every volunteer activity with CAMH, an opportunity to change my focus and look outside myself. I enjoy the physical activity and the interaction with the people not the diagnosis. Most of all I look forward to seeing the clients and hope that through our efforts the same things happen for them.”


Aurigen Reinsurance 
Volunteering since 2009

 
Sandra Scott, Aurigen Reinsurance Volunteer, 2016: 

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The CAMH experiences have personally resonated with me. The staff and clients that I have met has made a personal impact on learning about mental health and the stigma associated. Every event I have attended has provided a different invaluable experience in dealing with mental health and addiction. Thank you for allowing the Aurigen Team to be part of your Team." 

Sherry, Aurigen Reinsurance Volunteer, 2009/10: 


"For some individuals in our group, the CAMH event was the first time they heard of the organization and its services so the overview was an excellent means of introduction.

The opportunity to meet the clients and work with them helped people understand that individuals can appear ‘normal’ but still battle an illness or disease.  Also, the overview reassured people that mental illness and addictions touch everyone in some way.  Our experience was great – we are still talking about it.”​


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board 
Volunteering since 2012

Nada Aly, CPPIB​ Volunteer, 2016: 


CPPIB was given the opportunity to host a Christmas holiday party for up to 100 CAMH out-patients, which was our third year hosting the event.  CAMH employees put in a great effort to educate our volunteers about what to expect, and answered any questions we had about our guests. We set up tables with Christmas decorations, plated and served delicious food made by the building staff, and engaged in conversations with the attendees. This was not just an opportunity for our team to give back our time, but also a chance to learn more about the out-patients and listen to their stories and daily struggles. This is a wonderful tradition that CPPIB hopes to continue in the future.”​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada 
Volunteering since 2008

 

CPAC​ Volunteers, 2008:

“I learned that mentally ill people are just people and not different from the rest of us - and a real appreciation for the work that the staff have done."

“Having a family member in the past that was mentally ill, I was impressed with the environment at CAMH, how clean it was, and the staff is excellent, also the programming is interesting and keeps focus on patients, working towards independence and fulfillment in life."

“I didn't know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to communicate with the clients. I realized it was a "there but for fortune" scenario...illness does not define the person.”


Montgomery Sisam Architects
Volunteering since 2007

Melissa, Montgomery Sisam​ Volunteer, 2007: 


“Talking with CAMH staff enabled us to direct the best approach to use with the students in order to engage them. Volunteering today was a very positive experience and I would definitely come again.” ​​​


​Ministry of Community and Social Services 
Volunteering since 2008

MCSS ​Volunteer, 2008: 


"I felt it provided a wide range of information about the programs and services offered by CAMH. It was great to hear the linkages between the services we offer at MCSS (ODSP and OW), and CAMH.​​"

 


PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada
Volunteering since 2010

PwC ​Volunteers, 2010: 


“Getting a better understanding of the mental health and addiction problems people face everyday. Also, breaking down the stigma that these people live with. Great program. Very important to volunteer for both the organization we are volunteering for and PwC as well.  Also, listening to the patients reflecting after the program and you can clearly tell how much you can make a difference.”   

“Learning about CAMH, the stigma associated with mental health and addictions issues, and how we personally can help to change this. Amazing opportunity! I This was an incredibly fulfilling session. The clients spoke at the end about how much they valued our time commitment, and what our time meant to them - it was very moving, and really made me what to help further.”  

“Direct interaction with the clients was the most valuable element, as it showed us first-hand the difference we were making to the clients of the charity. I loved the experience I had during this activity. I got to meet the clients of the charity, and also got to meet other people from PwC. This was an experience that I will never forget. I look forward to participating in the Team Volunteering Program again next year." 

"The activities/challenges that we participated in with the clients of CAMH was the most rewarding part of the day. We got to see first-hand how important these activities are to the clients of CAMH in terms of building self-confidence and breaking down barriers. We saw the clients open up to us more and more as the day progressed. Everyone was thankful to us for the time we volunteered, and we  were thankful to everyone at CAMH for the experience we got to share with them.”  ​


TD Bank
Volunteering since 2008

 

TD Volunteer, 2008: 


“I saw at CAMH that clients/patients are treated with respect and that sends a powerful message. Thank you for that. For us it was a great afternoon and we all learned a lot. We can and will help get out your message of respect and tolerance. Thanks so much."

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