Giving Back


If your world is anything like mine, every waking moment is a precious commodity.  Time is spent trying to meet deadlines, staying organized both at home and at the office, and finally at the end of the day you can only hope to have a few minutes of that precious time left for yourself.  A few minutes to do those things that you really want to do, that matter to you, that have value and meaning to you.

My wife and I have raised, nurtured and supported two fantastic kids. We have tried very hard to instill in them the values that we were taught and the things that we have learned along our journeys through life. Giving back to our community is so very important to us. It is great to see, hear and be a part of our kids’ experiences in giving back as well.

Our entire family takes great pride in supporting the efforts of the Bedford-Sackville Special Olympics organization, FUNdamentals. With the help and support of a phenomenal group of volunteer coaches, parents and supporters, kids with very special intellectual and physical gifts engage in organized play, physical fitness, soccer, etc. We all absolutely LOVE spending time with the group, sharing the unfiltered, unabridged love and passion that all of the kids and their families bring to every session. It is truly one of the highlights of our week. My wife and I are enormously proud of our kids for having volunteered many hours as coaches and hands-on helpers with the group. We know that this spirit of giving selflessly is something that they will pass on to their kids in the future.

Personally, being a member of the all-volunteer board at the Maskwa Aquatic Club has given me valuable insights as to what it takes to run a community-based organization. We are required to be nimble, creative and highly resourceful when it comes to executing our mandate to provide a healthful, welcoming and sustainable club for our members and friends. It is a challenge, but an extremely rewarding one.

It is a heart-warming experience too.  To hear my colleagues share their experiences with the various volunteer organizations with which they are connected and to which they contribute countless hours, resources and energy. It enriches us all, makes us better and more human. It just feels good giving back.

Melvin Simons
Account Manager – Furniture
Office Interiors