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Gilles Bazinet

Gilles BazinetFor the past four years, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Gilles Bazinet has dedicated part of his day to transporting Wellspring members to and from Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House. Gilles is part of a dedicated group of volunteers who keep Wellspring’s Transportation Program available to Wellspring members and help them access our programs when they might not have a way to get there on their own.
After retiring and downsizing into a condo, it was important to Gilles, to continue to get out of the house, keep out of his wife’s hair and do something useful. With a like for driving, being a transportation volunteer was the perfect role. Already driving for two organizations, Gilles heard an ad on the radio about the need for transportation volunteers at Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House. Unfortunately, Gilles did not catch all the details the first time but he was keen to learn more, so he continued to listen to the same station until he heard the ad again. After meeting with Susy and discussing his wealth of experience, Gilles became part of our much needed and committed transportation volunteer team.
On average, each week Gilles transports four Wellspring members to and from programming and covers an average of 125km per transportation shift. Being a transportation volunteer allows Gilles to keep busy but also provides him with an opportunity to meet new people and do something for a cause he believes in. When driving in Gilles car, he is adamant on letting Wellspring members choose the subject of conversation and is there to provide an ear to listen.
When we asked Gilles if he would encourage others to become a transportation volunteer, without hesitation he answered, “Yes!” By being a transportation volunteer, “you help people who might not have the income or means to get to Wellspring for programming,” says Gilles. “People appreciate what you do and let you know.”
Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House is currently in need of transportation volunteers. If Gilles has inspired you to be a transportation volunteer, please contact Susy Borges Santos at 905-257-1988 or susy@wellspring.ca.

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