Our Stories

March 15, 2017
My Canadian happy place
Six years ago, I immigrated to Canada to work as a live-in caregiver. I grew up in Japan, and I don’t have any family or friends in Canada. Since I was a caregiver, I didn’t even have...
March 15, 2017
Time to celebrate
There’s gonna be a big birthday party in Capreol, Ont. – hopefully next week. That’s when the Gelinas family expects they’ll get the go-ahead from doctors to go home...
December 12, 2016
The man who brings Santa
“The kids.” That’s what has motivated Paul Beames to keep coming back to RMHC Toronto on Christmas morning every year for the past 15 years. Paul, a 30-year veteran of Toronto...
November 15, 2016
Everyone's best friend
One of the most difficult parts of being away from home is leaving behind a beloved pet. For almost seven years, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Bogey has helped fill that void for...
October 18, 2016
Made with love
When families with seriously ill children have to travel for medical treatment, the smallest details can help bring them a feeling of home. Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC...
September 21, 2016
Greeted with a smile
Sometimes, a friendly face makes a world of difference for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. Mary Lipsett and Yvonne Paech are two of those smiling faces...
July 20, 2016
"We are important"
When volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto Family Room at Credit Valley Hospital, Indra Persad-Garcia knows that her work is being appreciated.“Families are...
June 22, 2016
A little pampering
Moms with seriously ill children have a lot to worry about and taking care of themselves is usually low on their priority list. Michelle Palmer knows this firsthand, which is why she volunteers...
May 16, 2016
Healing hands
Leisa Bellmore is the kind of volunteer that families can hardly wait to meet. Her role at RMHC Toronto is very special: She offers Shiatsu massages to stressed and anxious moms, dads and children...
February 14, 2016
Someone to talk to
As a Scarborough resident with a passion for health and wellness, Amelia Manickam wanted a way to support the health-related needs of families in her community. She found that opportunity at the...
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