I’ve been volunteering as a compassionate companion at the Pilgrim’s Hospice for some time now. We spend time with people who are coping with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses. I get so much out of giving of myself: it’s a privilege to be permitted to be part of someone’s life when that person knows his or her time is limited. Volunteering is important – if everybody gave just a bit, the world would be a better place. When thinking about volunteerism in Canada I like to refer to a quote from the Dalai Lama – “Love and compassion are necessities, they’re not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Volunteering makes our community, our city, and our country better!