A plateful of passion: Revisiting a community hero

“When someone hears that TELUS gives x number of dollars to charity it certainly has an impact, but to have your team members actually going out and doing good in the community…it’s not something people are likely to ever forget. It means so much more,” says TELUS customer and Vancouver resident, Kevin Curtis.

KCKevin, we couldn’t agree more. Beyond our financial support for the many causes that make our communities caring and vibrant, we at TELUS are committed to rolling up our sleeves and lending a hand volunteering in our communities. We give back at events like TELUS Day of Giving throughout the year, but we also realize the importance, and impact, the little things can have on brightening someone’s day and making a lasting difference in our communities.

We first met Kevin when we asked our Facebook fans to share with us how they give back in their communities as part of our Give Where We Live campaign. An advertising professional and passionate amateur chef, Kevin told us how he lends a helping hand by preparing a nutritious, gourmet lunch once a month for 40 to 50 seniors at a local drop-in centre. The facilities at the centre were dated and food budgets tight.

Touched by Kevin’s passion and kindness, we wanted to help him create an elegant dining experience for his guests. On May 23, the seniors were treated to a special lunch, including beautifully decorated tables, live music played by a string quartet and service with a smile from 20 TELUS volunteers.

To ensure Kevin had the tools and resources to continue his good work, TELUS left him and the seniors’ centre a stand-up freezer, other appliances, new dishes and a gift card for $1,000 to use for future lunches at the centre.

The gift that keeps on giving

It’s been three months since we last saw Kevin, so we gave him a ring to see how the summer went for him and the patrons of the South Granville Seniors’ Centre in Vancouver.

“People are still talking about that day,” says Kevin. “There are so many positive feelings around it. And, the equipment that you donated has just been an ongoing source of help that makes an impact on a daily basis. It reminds everyone how special that day was.”

Kevin has created two gourmet lunches since we last saw him and is busy preparing for his next. On September 17, he plans to wow the seniors with a field tomato and roasted corn salad appetizer, followed by Asian BBQ ribs with an apple slaw and lemon roasted Brussels sprouts. Dessert will be fresh blackberries with a chilled coffee and vanilla whipped cream.

Good luck, Kevin, it sounds mouth-watering. Thanks for helping us give where we live and for inspiring others across Canada do the same.