In 2010, AMA introduced a paid volunteer
     day to its staff. This is my experience.
                              by Di...
Back in 2006, when
volunteering with a
women’s service
organization I became
aware of Hearts &
Hooves.
Michelle Kropp
star...
The minis and
dwarfs visit
facilities like
hospitals and
palliative care
centres to bring
cheer to people.




    
In 2006, our
                women’s service
                organization had
                given a grant to
     Michel...
Ever since, I’ve
wanted to volunteer
with them again, so
when AMA
introduced its
volunteer day, I
jumped at the
opportunit...
Diane Comeau was
    our guide for the
    scheduled visits in
    Fort Saskatchewan
    on July 22.
    She’s just amazin...
 
General



            
 
          There were also a
          number of human
          volunteers and of
       ...
Diane C. bought
Timbit at an auction.
Because he was
overweight, she
called him Timbit.
Timbit’s skin quivers
when you tou...
We met at the
corral in the parks
area in Fort
Saskatchewan
where the horses
could eat and run
around a little.
(the human...
Our whole day
        involved walking
        from location to
        location from
        about 10am until
        2pm...
   We (well the
    horses) were a
    magnet for people
    when walking
    around town.
    The best part was
    chat...
I am very grateful
to have been given
the opportunity to
volunteer for a day
with such a great
organization run by
such gr...
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My volunteer day

  1. 1. In 2010, AMA introduced a paid volunteer day to its staff. This is my experience. by Diane Bégin
  2. 2. Back in 2006, when volunteering with a women’s service organization I became aware of Hearts & Hooves. Michelle Kropp started the organization in Sherwood Park that rescues mini and dwarf horses.
  3. 3. The minis and dwarfs visit facilities like hospitals and palliative care centres to bring cheer to people. 
  4. 4. In 2006, our women’s service organization had given a grant to Michelle Hearts & Hooves to help build a place for visitors on their farm. We also had a Me chance to tag along on a visit.
  5. 5. Ever since, I’ve wanted to volunteer with them again, so when AMA introduced its volunteer day, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a GREAT way to get out of the office and enjoy the summer sun! 
  6. 6. Diane Comeau was our guide for the scheduled visits in Fort Saskatchewan on July 22. She’s just amazing with both horses and people. She’s a student in  the University of  Alberta agriculture program.
  7. 7.   General   There were also a number of human volunteers and of course, five of our four legged friends. My buddy for the day in the bottom picture was Timbit.
  8. 8. Diane C. bought Timbit at an auction. Because he was overweight, she called him Timbit. Timbit’s skin quivers when you touch him – a result of the abuse he suffered before being rescued. Fortunately, he warmed to me quickly.
  9. 9. We met at the corral in the parks area in Fort Saskatchewan where the horses could eat and run around a little. (the humans ran around a little too) 
  10. 10. Our whole day involved walking from location to location from about 10am until 2pm. Because it was a beautiful sunny day, we stayed outside, but we did go inside one seniors’ facility with the horses. 
  11. 11.  We (well the horses) were a magnet for people when walking around town. The best part was chatting with seniors who seemed so happy we were visiting. Even cleaning up after the horses wasn’t so bad!
  12. 12. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to volunteer for a day with such a great organization run by such great people! Special thanks to Diane C., Timbit and everyone who participated on July 22.

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