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34 FOCUS - DECEMBER 2015 The following heartwarming story is one of her reminiscences from her childhood in Holland My grandmother cooked big pots of stew during the war for people who were hungry she recalls. She then divided the stew into smaller pots which I delivered. We happened to have lots of food because my mother came from a farming family. As I went off to school my mother always made me two bacon fat sandwiches one to eat and one to give away to someone who needed it. I also delivered false ration cards in an enamel milk can to a farmer who after he took the cards out filled it with milk. I didnt really think of it as volunteering then rather as being part of a family and a community. But looking back on it I realize I was introduced to volunteering at a very early age. Her lifestyle of helping others has led Ann to do good work for many groups including Scugog Community Care 21 years the Boys and Girls Club in Oshawa and Operation Scugog. When her two children were young her neighbour volunteered to look after them and feed them lunch while Ann drove cancer pa- tients to Toronto for treatment. She enjoys adopting a family each Christmas to make sure that they get gift and food hampers. For many years Ann has been involved in Meals on Wheels can- vassing door to door for cancer and more. She also led or started Are You Doing What for the rest of your life For 80-year-old Ann Koke of Port Perry volunteering is a family tradition. Benets of volunteering Increases self-confidence. Provides a sense of purpose. Combats depression and eases stress. Helps you stay physically healthy. Can provide career experience. Brings fun and fulfillment to your life. Helps strengthen your community. Learn or develop a new skill. Inspire others. Meet new people. Develop lasting friendships. PhotobyMARyANNFLEMING