Seniors have so much to offer
Arriving in Canada from her native Nigeria in the middle of a cold January, Blessing was looking for a warm place to hang her hat. She turned to Cummings, twice a week volunteering behind the counter in the cafeteria making sandwiches, pouring coffee and serving up lots of warm conversation with Centre members and staff alike. “I love talking to the seniors exchanging stories,” says Blessing. “I provide assistance where needed, helping them carry their trays and settling them into their seats.”
Giving back any way she can
She is now also lending a hand on the Social Action Committee. Volunteering comes naturally to Blessing, a trained microbiologist, as from a young age she had mentored young women and given her time to many organizations in her home country. “I am always trying to make a difference in someone’s life,” says Blessing. “When I help someone, it gives me happiness and fulfillment.”
The Cummings Centre’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
As the hub of Montreal’s 50+ community, the Centre touches the lives of 10,000 people on an annual basis. In addition to its main campus at 5700 Westbury Avenue in Montreal, programs are offered at several off-site locations including the West Island, Cote Saint-Luc, St.Laurent, Westmount, Chomedey and Florida.
For more information, please contact us by phone at 514-343-3510, online at www.cummingscentre.org or in person at 5700 Westbury Avenue.