This past Wednesday, CLC students had the chance to volunteer at the OHMH Girouard (a residence for active seniors). We prepared a delicious meal from scratch for a group of approximately 20 people. Our host, Andréanne, was very welcoming and patient to explain how to prepare the meal. The main meal consisted of fresh Vietnamese-style spring rolls with a tangy dipping sauce, vegetable fried rice, and tofu General Tao (this was my personal favourite to prepare and savour). For dessert, we concocted a delicious blueberry Bagatelle. It took us about two hours to prepare the meal (grating vegetables, mixing the various sauces, etc.), but it was well worth it. Our guests were delighted to converse with us as we were preparing the meal and were very thankful. It was a beautiful way to give back to the community — after all, food unites us.
Here are some comments from the students who participated:
“It was lots of fun meeting other people, not only from different age groups but also different countries, and exploring new recipes together.” Michaela (Austria)
“It was a great experience for me to become a volunteer at CLC. Helping with the community to make different foods and eating the amazing food was the best part.” Maria-Teresa (Venezuela)
“J’ai beaucoup aimé l’expérience de bénévolat. C’était un bon moyen de pratiquer mon français. Je suis contente d’avoir aidé.” Daniela (Colombie)
If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Club at CLC, come see us on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. We can’t wait to see you there!