We are very proud of our strong partnerships with so many individuals and groups who volunteer their time, talent and expertise to support Children’s Wish and the thousands of wish kids and families we serve. Without our extended family so much of what we do would not be possible. Our most sincere thanks to the more than 20,000 volunteers across the country who make such an incredible difference.


Laura Cole Volunteer of the Year Award

Presenting Our 2016 Laura Cole National Volunteer Award Recipient

Westley Hood is the ultimate Children’s Wish ambassador, having single-handedly raised over $250,000 in his 25 years of volunteering with the Prince Edward Island Chapter. During his first year with Children’s Wish, Westley raised $200 when he helped out with the Wishmaker Parade, which has since evolved into our Wishmaker Walk. He made it his personal mission to increase that total year after year and is now raising over $20,000 annually.

Westley’s passion for volunteering began at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he has worked as a porter in the Supply, Process and Distribution Department for 38 years. His genuine, personable and philanthropic nature led him to make connections with many wish children and their families during their hospital stays. He has also connected with many Islanders who, over the years, have generously support his ongoing efforts.

Despite the fact that Westley doesn’t drive a vehicle, he has never let that be a barrier to his success. Often times he takes a bus or accepts a ride from friends and family to get where he needs to go around the greater Charlottetown area. While most people would consider this a big effort, Beth Corney Gauthier, Director of the PEI Chapter says,

“It’s just what Westley does! He always puts in 150%. He is undoubtedly one of the most devoted and successful individual fundraisers on the Island.  Many children have experienced the magic of a wish through Westley’s ongoing commitment to the Foundation.”

Along with collecting pledges and selling raffle tickets, Westley makes himself available to help out with numerous Children’s Wish events. He sees himself as “an extension” of the PEI Chapter and we certainly agree.

Thank you for all that you do for the Foundation, Westley, and congratulations on your well-deserved award!


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