MARGII'S STAY AT THE CARE FACILITY
The name says it all. Volunteers are often needed to mobilize quickly to help seniors in urgent situations. Quick Mobilize Volunteers through our Practical Kindness program help seniors like Margii, who was provided with the comfort she needed to recover, thanks to a helpful trip home.
Margii is 75 years old and lives alone with her kitten, KitKat.
KitKat is Margii’s only companion and she was named after the chocolate bar because she is “just as sweet as a KitKat bar”. Margii has a passion for animals and they have always played a significant role in her life. When she was younger, Margii and her husband would rescue all different kinds of animals – their house was never absent of an animal’s love.
Margii was 15 years old when she left her parent’s home. She took a bus to Lake Louise and got a job as a dishwasher at a hotel and lived in the basement. It is here that she fell in love with skiing and hiking. When Margii was older, the hotel’s manager encouraged her to move to Calgary so she could take a course in hairdressing. From then on Margii has worked at several different jobs: hairdressing, computers, and as a porter at a hospital. She worked as a porter until she retired. It was during this time of her life that she started to have mobility issues, because she hurt her back when lifting a client and began having troubles with her knees.
Currently, Margii is experiencing difficulties with her health, and due to her back and knee issues she has to use an electric scooter for long distance walking. She surrendered her driver’s license because she felt it was no longer safe for her to be driving. As a low-income senior with mobility issues and very limited family support, Margii has been enrolled in the Shopping Companion program to assist her with grocery shopping. While her Shopping volunteer was away on holidays, Margii had no way of getting groceries on her own. With the help of the Practical Kindness – QMV program, Margii was still able to go to the grocery store. Without the help of Calgary Seniors volunteers, Margii says she “wouldn’t be able to go grocery shopping” because it’s not simply the issue of getting to the store. Due to Margii’s severe mobility issues, she has to use an electric scooter while shopping. She likes to go to the Walmart because the electric scooters are always available. In addition, without the help of a volunteer, Margii wouldn’t be able to reach, lift, and carry her grocery items on her own.
~ Brittany, Calgary Seniors Volunteer Coordinator
Quick Mobilize Volunteers through our Practical Kindness program provide urgent, one-time support for low-income seniors. Practical Kindness is an adaptive, fast, creative response to vulnerable seniors’ real-life needs, which are too often unmet. This program, with your support, acts as a gap filler and as a bridge to longer term supports.