by Arlene Lessard
FoRC Volunteer, Board Member, Secretary

The surprising benefits of volunteering:

  1. Increase your self-confidence
    –Feel useful and feel good about yourself
  2. Feel a sense of accomplishment
    –Make a difference and impact on your cause or project
  3. Make new friendships
    –Share common interests and expand your network
  4. Learn new skills
    –Gain experience in a new field or interest
  5. Have fun!
    –Enjoy helping, feel fulfilled and challenged
  6. Set a good example
    –Show your interest and enthusiasm with younger generation – be passionate & positive
  7. Advance your career
    –Demonstrate your valuable job skills, lead by example and promote your brand

The Friends of Roselawn Centre has lots of opportunities for you to get involved! We are currently looking for volunteers to:

  • Help Decorating – Help decorate for Christmas in the mansion (Friday, November 10th from 10am to noon)
  • Bake Sale – We need some of your yummy baked goods for the Christmas Market (Sunday, November 12)
  • Christmas Market – There are a number of positions including Greeter, Luncheon Assistant, Bake Sales, Runners, Set up assistants
  • Winter and Spring – we will be planning more events and of course looking for gardeners of all ages
  • Board Members – we are seeking an enthusiastic member with event planning, development and promotion skills


See our volunteer opportunities page for more information. If you would like to get involved, please contact us by email at

The author, Arlene Lessard (left), joins Master Gardener & FoRC Treasurer, Pat Bowman (centre), and our 91-years-young volunteer Jacqueline Ruiter, in the gardens at Roselawn Centre, Spring 2017.

This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2017 edition of the Friends of Roselawn Newsletter. Our newsletter is a membership benefit. If you would like to receive the newsletter early and in its entirety, simply become a member of the Friends of Roselawn. It’s a great way to support our work restoring the Roselawn mansion and promoting arts & culture in Port Colborne. Plus, our members receive great discounts from our generous local business sponsors.