Volunteering from the Heart

“When I make people happy, it makes me happy.” That statement speaks volumes about Melissa McBride’s character and why she joined the Hamilton Health Sciences Volunteer Association in 2014. She has been making people happy at St. Peter’s Hospital ever since.

Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride

As a volunteer, Melissa sells draw tickets in the front foyer and aids staff with cleanup in the Restorative Care Gym. Recently Melissa started helping St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation with the preparation of mailing packages to support fundraising initiatives.

“My favourite part of volunteering is getting to know the patients and sharing a laugh,” she says.

Melissa also has a very personal connection to St. Peter’s Hospital and its staff.

“My Dad spent a year and a half here for rehabilitation because he had difficulty walking. The care Dad received was amazing, which is a big part of why I wanted to volunteer.”

Her father passed away in October 2013, but his memory still lives on in the Hospital.

“This place is very special to me,” says Melissa. “When I walk through the Hospital, I can still picture him here. I know he’d be happy that I was volunteering.”

Melissa is passionate about giving back to her community and playing an active role in ensuring a positive experience for patients at Hamilton Health Sciences.

“I’ve been told that I’m a role model for being a volunteer, but I don’t think I’m doing anything special. I just like to make people smile and make a difference.”