Telling Tales awarded with donation from Grant Thornton Foundation

Telling Tales is proud to accept $1,000 as part of the Grant Thornton Foundation CEO Community Service Award.

This award competition recognizes Grant Thornton staff that have made significant and sustained volunteer contributions to charitable organizations in their communities. Suzon Cochrane was selected from a long list of nominees for her continued volunteerism and for her dedication to many charities in her community.  As part of this award Sue received a plaque and designated Telling Tales as the charity of her choice to receive $1,000.

Congratulations Suzon Cochrane and thank you!

“It’s an honour to receive this generous donation and to help celebrate Sue’s many accomplishments,” says Susan Jasper, Telling Tales Executive Director. “Sue and her daughters have been dedicated volunteers at Telling Tales for many years and we truly appreciate her spirit, energy, and enthusiasm. This award is well deserved and emphasizes her dedication to her local community. Thank you Sue for your charitable gift.”

Charity, live it every day

For Sue Cochrane, volunteering is something that has always been important to her. “Life throws curves at you, and you never know what can happen. I feel very fortunate to be where I am in life. Things have sometimes been challenging along the way, but I have a strong support system, and I think it’s important to support those organizations that help people who don’t have that.”

A resident of Hamilton, Sue has always volunteered in her community. She has volunteered with Telling Tales for many years in the popular Book Swap & Shop. When she was asked by a senior manager in her former Hamilton office to assist with the United Way campaign, she was happy to help. Sue has volunteered at Ronald McDonald House twice a month for the past seven years at the reception desk helping families with laundry, kitchen tasks and any other jobs that need to be done. Sue has also volunteered at her children’s school and assists with serving meals at the Good Shepherd Annual Christmas dinner.

Sue says that there are many benefits to volunteering. “It allows you to see things from a different perspective, and it teaches you not to judge because you don’t know what’s going on with someone until you spend some time with them. Volunteering is a great opportunity open to anyone, but you don’t have to be a part of an organization to practice charity – you can just live it every day!”

Volunteering is a family affair

Volunteering is a wonderful way to help your community and spend time with family. Sue includes her children in many of her volunteering efforts. “I’m always looking for things we can do together. For instance, we’ve set up a Facebook page where we donate $25 a month. Each month, we take turns researching various charities. I think it’s important for them to know about the different charitable organizations so that they can find ones that speak to them.”

Sue also offers great advice to volunteers and those that would like to give back to their community: “The great thing is if you can’t afford to donate funds you can always donate your time instead or vice versa if you’re too busy to get involved somewhere maybe you can help out financially.”

Sue has chosen Telling Tales to receive the donation on her behalf by The Grant Thornton Foundation. “They’re such an amazing organization, and it’s so great to be a part of it. But I have to say that all of the charities I’ve been involved with have been wonderful!”


Article prepared with information from Grant Thornton.