Helping Hands: Province honours volunteers for up to six decades of service

News Mar 31, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

More than 450 residents from the Greater Hamilton Area were recognized this week for their long-standing dedication as volunteers in their communities.

The local recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award — 466 in total — were honoured at two ceremonies — one was held Tuesday and one Wednesday night — at Liuna Station.

Some of them have been volunteering their time for up to 60 years in a wide range of areas including teaching, the arts, child welfare, sports and historical and agricultural groups.

Good Shepherd volunteers Ingrid Cipolla and Angelo Restivo are two of the local recipients.

Cipolla will be recognized for her service at the Emmanuel House hospice on Stinson Street. For 15 years, she has worked in the kitchen preparing meals for residents and their families.

She initially worried it would be depressing but has found the opposite.

"The staff is wonderful there, and the kitchen is kind of the centre of the home," she says. "Everyone's always kind of coming in and going out. There is lots of giggling."

Restivo, a retired Catholic school teacher in Hamilton and Grimsby, began volunteering 20 years ago.

While teaching his students the importance of giving back to the community — including taking them to the Good Shepherd to volunteer at a meal each year — he decided he should practise what he preached.

"I was thinking 'Well, if I'm asking them to do it, I better start doing it myself,'" he says.

He spent 17 years doing laundry at the men's shelter, and in recent years (after his retirement) transferred to the kitchen at Emmanuel House, where he loves to cook.

Tuesday night's ceremony marks the first such event for both Cipolla and Restivo.

"It's very inspirational," Restivo says of the long list of recipients. "I've just always felt there's a need to give."

Wednesday's event is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes

Helping Hands: Province honours volunteers for up to six decades of service

News Mar 31, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

More than 450 residents from the Greater Hamilton Area were recognized this week for their long-standing dedication as volunteers in their communities.

The local recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award — 466 in total — were honoured at two ceremonies — one was held Tuesday and one Wednesday night — at Liuna Station.

Some of them have been volunteering their time for up to 60 years in a wide range of areas including teaching, the arts, child welfare, sports and historical and agricultural groups.

Good Shepherd volunteers Ingrid Cipolla and Angelo Restivo are two of the local recipients.

Cipolla will be recognized for her service at the Emmanuel House hospice on Stinson Street. For 15 years, she has worked in the kitchen preparing meals for residents and their families.

She initially worried it would be depressing but has found the opposite.

"The staff is wonderful there, and the kitchen is kind of the centre of the home," she says. "Everyone's always kind of coming in and going out. There is lots of giggling."

Restivo, a retired Catholic school teacher in Hamilton and Grimsby, began volunteering 20 years ago.

While teaching his students the importance of giving back to the community — including taking them to the Good Shepherd to volunteer at a meal each year — he decided he should practise what he preached.

"I was thinking 'Well, if I'm asking them to do it, I better start doing it myself,'" he says.

He spent 17 years doing laundry at the men's shelter, and in recent years (after his retirement) transferred to the kitchen at Emmanuel House, where he loves to cook.

Tuesday night's ceremony marks the first such event for both Cipolla and Restivo.

"It's very inspirational," Restivo says of the long list of recipients. "I've just always felt there's a need to give."

Wednesday's event is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes

Helping Hands: Province honours volunteers for up to six decades of service

News Mar 31, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

More than 450 residents from the Greater Hamilton Area were recognized this week for their long-standing dedication as volunteers in their communities.

The local recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award — 466 in total — were honoured at two ceremonies — one was held Tuesday and one Wednesday night — at Liuna Station.

Some of them have been volunteering their time for up to 60 years in a wide range of areas including teaching, the arts, child welfare, sports and historical and agricultural groups.

Good Shepherd volunteers Ingrid Cipolla and Angelo Restivo are two of the local recipients.

Cipolla will be recognized for her service at the Emmanuel House hospice on Stinson Street. For 15 years, she has worked in the kitchen preparing meals for residents and their families.

She initially worried it would be depressing but has found the opposite.

"The staff is wonderful there, and the kitchen is kind of the centre of the home," she says. "Everyone's always kind of coming in and going out. There is lots of giggling."

Restivo, a retired Catholic school teacher in Hamilton and Grimsby, began volunteering 20 years ago.

While teaching his students the importance of giving back to the community — including taking them to the Good Shepherd to volunteer at a meal each year — he decided he should practise what he preached.

"I was thinking 'Well, if I'm asking them to do it, I better start doing it myself,'" he says.

He spent 17 years doing laundry at the men's shelter, and in recent years (after his retirement) transferred to the kitchen at Emmanuel House, where he loves to cook.

Tuesday night's ceremony marks the first such event for both Cipolla and Restivo.

"It's very inspirational," Restivo says of the long list of recipients. "I've just always felt there's a need to give."

Wednesday's event is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes