The pandemic has hit the ranks of volunteers at the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale, which is struggling to recruit enough people to meet all needs.
Before the pandemic, CIUSSS had 1,200 volunteers. Today they are only 350.
They are assigned throughout the network, as much in CHSLDs as in rehabilitation or psychiatric centers.
For Hugo Fitzback-Fortin, volunteer and student in psychology, giving his time is just as beneficial to him as it is to users.
“It’s a one-on-one contact. It’s not clinical, it’s not therapeutic, and you don’t develop the same relationship you would have if you had a career behind it. I find you have a better connection with humans,” the young man thinks.
Rebeca Schucman is also a CIUSSS volunteer. Of Brazilian descent, she believes this allows her to understand Quebec culture in a different way.
“I do fun activities, and that way, I have a chance to learn about the culture, the artists, the TV, in a way that is really into the culture. It’s not like a tourist learning with the people who explain. That’s right, it’s very cool,” she said.
Those who wish to become volunteers can submit their applications directly to the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale website.
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