In Loving Memory of Mary McLeod
Mary McLeod began volunteering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in 1993. She started with working in the Winnipeg office doing administrative work; labeling and stuffing envelopes, and labeling pamphlets.
Mary’s first big project in the office was “mapping” for the annual Door-to-Door Campaign. Mapping is listing all households in every area of the city. When Mary worked on mapping, she came to the Winnipeg office four hours a day, five days a week. In 2006, Mary began coming to the office both mornings and afternoons, totaling seven hours a day and 35 hours a week; equivalent to one full time staff!
Mary worked on both sorting mail and the Jump Rope for Heart Program. She said she enjoyed both the pressure and responsibility. Staff considered Mary to be very valuable so they nominated her for the Premier’s Volunteer Service Award in 2000.
Mary said she came to the Heart and Stroke Foundation after she heard a public service announcement on the radio and decided that maybe she could make a difference. Her father had passed away from a stroke and so the cause was dear to her heart.
The Foundation and all our staff are incredibly grateful to Mary for her nearly 20 years of service to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She made an important contribution to our cause and a big difference in her community. She was truly a special individual with a very big heart and will be greatly missed by all of us.
Read Mary's story published March 2, 2009 in the Winnipeg Free Press.