Neighbourly Together

Brenda's Story: Living well, beyond retirement

July 2017

Brenda, a Neighbourly Together volunteer, shared her story in her own words:

"When I was unexpectedly retired, I thought, What do I do? I move forward. With the support of my family I was encouraged to get out and get involved in something new. I came to Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. I decided to take Senior Peer Counselling, which led to training as a Neighbourly Together volunteer. I just feel so good working with seniors."


"I bring patience and good listening skills. Now, I've gone from a volunteer to a leadership role, supporting a volunteer team doing Neighbourly Together outreach. I like to encourage other volunteers and motivate them."

"This kind of role has given me a new confidence. It has added so much to my life. I hope to enjoy the rest of my life as an active person. It has turned my life around 180 degrees. Embrace every day and say, This is going to be a good day. That's how I live my life."

Learn more about Allies in Aging and Neighbourly Together.