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  • A big help after hip surgery

    2:00 PM

    I am legally blind and take Vital Transit every Monday morning to do my grocery shopping.

    The driver is so helpful, but recently he went beyond the call of duty. I want to thank him for his kindness and compassion.

    Recently, I fell and ended up in the hospital with a fractured hip. Robert became very concerned that I had missed several of my appointments. Once I arrived home, he knocked on my door to find out what had happened to me. When I told him about the problem with my hip, he volunteered to grocery shop for me while I healed from surgery.

    I can’t thank him enough for his thoughtfulness and genuine concern for me. It is so comforting to know he looks out for me and, I am sure, all his other customers.

    — Pat Gauthier


  • VIP doctor truly cares

    10/21/2014 2:00 PM

    WE had to rush our mom, Gloria, to the emergency room at Concordia Hospital in July.

    Dr. Larry Reynolds was the attending physician. Not only did he calm her worries, he also gave us his pager number and told our family we could call him any time with questions.

    Since that time, our mom has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently receiving chemo treatments at St. Boniface Hospital. During her last treatment, Dr. Reynolds took time to visit, even though Mom is not his patient.

    It’s so great to have met a doctor who really cares. He teases my mom and calls her a VIP patient. We think he is a VIP doc! Thank you very much, Dr. Reynolds.

    — Brenda Hrycyk


  • A big thank-you to driver who saved tiny dogs

    10/20/2014 1:02 PM

    ONE recent morning, one of my little Shih Tzu dogs got loose. As I started to look for him and close my back gate, my other Shih Tzu ran away.

    I was close to tears as the dogs ran down Keewatin Street towards Inkster Boulevard, where all the busy traffic was. I tried to get them to come back, with no luck.

    I went back to my house to get leashes, and when I got back the dogs were gone. By then I was frantic, fearing the worst would happen and they would get hit by a car.

    Then my cellphone rang. The caller was a United Messenger delivery driver who had picked my dogs up as they were running across Keewatin. I am so grateful for the wonderful thing this man did for my family by calling the number on their dog tags.

    Good deeds often go unnoticed. It seems all we ever hear about are the bad things people do, never the good. This very nice man should be given his day of praise. He is a hero and a true gentleman in my book.

    Oreo and Nixon are now resting comfortably on their favourite chair after their adventure down Keewatin, and I can relax with my furry friends peacefully, knowing Winnipeg has been blessed with one very special delivery driver with a kind heart.


    — JoAnne Schaworski


  • Nice neighbour

    10/18/2014 2:00 PM

    MY 12-year-old son wiped out badly on his bike.

    His gym bag swung into his spokes, causing the front wheel to lock and sending him face-first into the pavement.

    His face was a mess of bruises, cuts and blood.

    My husband, Wes, took him to the hospital to see if he needed stitches and to check for broken bones.

    When they returned, a lady we’ve never met before, who lives on the next street and had been driving by earlier, stopped by to see if my son was OK.

    Later, she returned with a gift bag containing a box of popsicles and a "hope you feel better soon" card, both of which helped to cheer our son up.

    Thank you for your kindness, Mireille.

    — Gloria Dillabough


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