Scott Bednarik and son Corbin make meals for families as TELUS Victoria Community Board chair Mel Cooper and his wife Carmela look on. Photo provided.

A group of about 30 TELUS employees took time out of their weekend to volunteer at Jeneece Place as part of the 13th annual TELUS Days of Giving on Saturday, May 12.

As part of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, Jeneece Place is a home where children and their families can stay while receiving medical care in Victoria.

Volunteers helped prepare meals for those who use Jeneece Place’s services, and it sounds like it was a positive experience for everyone involved.

“It was great,” says Christina Peacock,¬†Jeneece Place house manager. “They came prepared, had a plan, and put it into action.”

Because of the kitchen’s small size, TELUS employees were broken into four different groups of six to eight people. In total, they worked almost 90 volunteer hours.

TELUS event driven by Give Where We Live philosophy

Since 1927, the Children’s Health Foundation has funded services for children and youth across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Their funding supports 160,000 kids, and since their grant program began in 1984, they’ve granted more than $50 million.

Since 2000, TELUS has contributed more than $525 million and volunteered 8.7 million hours in support of Canadian charities and grassroots organizations.

Volunteer activities have varied from coast to coast, including beach cleanups, planting trees and gardens, and working at local food banks.

Peacock says Jeneece Place relies on volunteers to take care of the stuff that staff can’t get to, like preparing and cooking meals.

“People walk in and it smells like home,” Peacock says. “It takes a load off families. [TELUS] was a huge help!”

Check out some photos from the event below!

Scott Bednarik and son Corbin making meals for families as TELUS Victoria Community Board chair Mel Cooper and his wife Carmela look on. Photo provided.
John MacNei and Luke Booth make a flavourful stew for families staying at Jeneece Place. Photo provided.
Gord MacArthur gets spuds ready for a stew. Photo provided.

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