David Diaco, born and raised in Montréal and a current student at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada, came across an article on CNN about the services THS offers, which sparked his interest in the organization. Diaco decided to get involved with THS and subsequently start a chapter in Montréal “after seeing the profound effects COVID-19 brought upon the city and its inhabitants.”
Diaco explained that he could not stay idle while watching individuals in his community suffer. “Seniors were fearful of leaving their homes and the disadvantaged were falling further through the cracks due to job loss and economic instability,” he said.
In Canada, the province of Québec has been the most heavily affected, with over half the country’s confirmed cases and deaths having occurred within this province’s borders, Diaco explained. Essentially, “the Montréal region has been the epicentre of Québec’s crisis.” So, it was only natural that Diaco was inspired to start a chapter here.
After working with THS to set up an international chapter, Diaco remarked that over the past several weeks, the chapter has attracted a number of volunteers seeking to dedicate their time to helping seniors in need. Thinking creatively, Diaco and fellow Montréal chapter members are offering an additional avenue of service by partnering with food banks to deliver food boxes to the disadvantaged, as well as supporting seniors in need. “We recognize that seniors are not the only ones affected by this pandemic and have expanded our services to face this reality,” he noted.
For Diaco, it has been rewarding to understand the impact of his service. “Those we serve are overwhelmingly kind-hearted and never fail to show us signs of gratitude,” he said. “These signs remind us, as volunteers, that young people are capable of positively contributing to society.”