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Overcoming Adversity by Volunteering

July 28, 2023

Sohan, who is an 82-year-old retired engineer is one of our dedicated and truly valued volunteers at the Mississauga Thrift Store. In 2017, Sohan explored his nearby community looking for volunteer opportunities and was warmly welcomed by the Mississauga team instantly. His time volunteering has helped to provide him with a renewed sense of purpose after losing his beloved wife of 48 years. Not only is he able to use volunteering as an outlet for him to interact with other people within the community, but it has also been a meaningful way to give back as he overcame adversity.

From left to right: Selvamani, Nora, Israt, Sohan, Ted, Shanthini, Paul, Sharon, Ruhi, Oluremi

Since then, Sohan divides his time between visiting India and Canada. Every summer, he spends three fulfilling hours daily volunteering at the store and is surrounded by a team that adores him. “I don’t feel lonely now at all. I enjoy working here, the staff are so friendly. I get so much love,” he said.

Israt, the Store Manager, also said that “Sohan is amazing. Our clothing team really cherishes his company; he brings fun and laughter to the table. His presence is a breath of fresh air.”

Sohan is also a proud father and grandfather and enjoys other activities such as gardening, golfing, going for walks and socializing with neighbours.

Thank you Sohan for your hard work, your positive outlook on life and for bringing hope and inspiration to our team. Your presence enriches our community and brightens our spirits every day.