Transcript: Seniors Home | Jan 26, 2003

(music plays)

A capital V letter rotates inside a bold silver circle in the middle of the screen. A series of images show girls and boys talking to a homeless man, feeding an elderly woman, helping a little girl get into a pool, walking a dog, taking care of a rabbit, instructing an old man on how to use a computer and walking in line as they speak. The title appears on screen: “V Circle. Teens who volunteer.”

Two teenage girls arrive to a building and sign the register book as they greet the receptionist. A slate on screen displays the picture and basics of one of them: Constance, 18 years old. Volunteers at the Belmont House for Seniors.

Constance has long curly blond hair with highlights, neatly tied up. She wears a blue shirt and pearl earrings.

She says
VOLUNTEERING, I NEVER
REALLY THOUGHT OF AS BEING
SOMETHING IMPORTANT BEFORE
I STARTED VOLUNTEERING.
I GUESS IT REALLY IS GIVING
BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
AND THAT REALLY
IS IMPORTANT.
IT MAKES YOU SUCH AN
UNSELFISH PERSON BECAUSE
YOU REALLY ARE GIVING
SOME OF YOUR TIME.

(music plays)

Next is Cassandra. She’s 19 years old and volunteers at the Belmont House for Seniors, too. She has long straight brown hair neatly combed and wears a black shirt and earrings.

Constance and Cassandra enter a room, set a cart ready and walk down a long corridor. They carry large bottles of juice and other amenities.

Cassandra says
IT DEFINITELY
MAKES ME FEEL GOOD.
I FIND THAT IF I WASN'T
HERE, I'D PROBABLY JUST BE
SITTING AROUND WATCHING TV OR
DOING SOMETHING MINDLESS.
AT LEAST HERE
I'M APPRECIATED
AND I'M MAKING OTHER
PEOPLE FEEL GOOD.

(music plays)

Following, the two girls approach a woman in her seventies who sits on a wheelchair next to a window. She has short white hair down to the shoulders and wears black trousers and a pink shirt.

Cassandra says
WOULD YOU LIKE
SOME JUICE?

The Woman in her Seventies says
HOW ARE YOU?

Cassandra says
I'M GOOD,
THANK YOU.

Next, they visit a new woman.

Cassandra says
WOULD YOU LIKE
SOMETHING TO DRINK?
WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO
PUT IT ON THE TABLE?

Then, they serve juice to a man in his sixties. He has short grey hair and is clean-shaven. He wears a white shirt and a brown vest.

Cassandra says
THAT'S
CRANBERRY JUICE.

The Man with the Vest says
THAT'S NICE OF YOU.

Cassandra says
THERE YOU GO.

The Man with the Vest says
TO YOUR HEALTH.

Cassandra says
I FIND THAT WITH THE SENIORS,
JUST THE LITTLEST THING
LIKE BRINGING THEM A
GLASS OF APPLE JUICE
MAKES A HUGE
DIFFERENCE.
FOR THEIR SUNDAY, IT
MAKES IT SO MUCH BETTER.
I GUESS JUST
VOLUNTEERING IN GENERAL
CAN MAKE SOMEONE HAPPIER
OR HELP OUT IN SOME WAY.

Constance says
FOR THEM TO HAVE SOMEBODY,
ESPECIALLY YOUNG, TO COME
IS REALLY
IMPORTANT TO THEM.
IT REALLY DOES
MAKE THEM HAPPY.
YOU CAN SEE IT
IN THEIR FACES.

A woman in her eighties sits on a couch holding a glass of juice. She has short curly brown hair and wears glasses, a grey cardigan and a patterned scarf.

The Woman with the Scarf says
THIS IS A LOVELY THING YOU
DO COMING TO VISIT BELMONT.

Cassandra says
OH, THANK YOU.
IT'S A LOT OF FUN.

Constance says
AND IT'S A NICE
PLACE TO VISIT, TOO.
I LIKE IT.

The Woman with the Scarf says
YES, IT IS A NICE
PLACE TO VISIT.
AND PEOPLE ARE
KIND HERE.

Next to them is a woman in her fifties. She has blond short hair and wears glasses and a shocking red jacket.

The Woman with the Red Jacket says
IT'S WONDERFUL FOR MY MUM
TO MEET YOUNG STUDENTS
BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET THAT
OPPORTUNITY IN THE SAME WAY.

Constance carries a woman on a wheelchair.

She says
I'LL TAKE YOU
TO THE TABLE
AND YOU CAN PUT YOUR
GLASS ON THE TABLE.

Cassandra says
AS TEENAGERS, WE'RE KIND OF
EXPECTED TO BE LAZY AND SIT
AROUND AND DO NOTHING, SO GOING
OUT THERE AND HELPING OUT
SHOWS THAT YOU DO
CARE ABOUT SOMETHING.
AND BEING DEDICATED, IT
GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO DO
WITH YOUR TIME; OTHERWISE
YOU'D JUST BE SITTING AROUND.

Constance says
IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH
TIME TO WATCH TV,
I THINK YOU HAVE ENOUGH
TIME TO VOLUNTEER.
I THINK EVERYBODY HAS
EVEN HALF AN HOUR A WEEK,
IT DOES MAKE A
DIFFERENCE.

Next, the screen shows Cassandra and Constance talking to a woman who watches TV. The woman is in her eighties. She has short white hair and wears glasses, a delicate white blouse, a black cardigan with a matching skirt.

Constance says
AND YOU'RE
FROM TORONTO?

The Woman with the Cardigan says
OAKVILLE.

Constance says
OAKVILLE?!
OH, SAME HERE.
MY GRANDPARENTS
LIVE IN OAKVILLE.
DO YOU KNOW
FIRST STREET?

The Woman says
YEAH.

Constance says
THAT'S WHERE MY
GRANDFATHER LIVES.

The Woman with the Cardigan says
I LIKE THE VIVACIOUSNESS
AND GENERAL INTEREST.
I LIKE ANYBODY WHO
COMES IN TO TALK.
IT'S SO...
IT'S A LONG DAY
WHEN YOU'RE HERE.
AND BEING IN A WHEELCHAIR
I CAN'T GO TOO FAR.

Another woman says
I THINK IT'S LOVELY TO SEE
YOUNG PEOPLE TO BEGIN WITH.

The Woman in her Seventies says
THEY'RE THE FINEST BUNCH OF
PEOPLE YOU'D EVER HOPE TO MEET.

A new clip shows the girls assisting the seniors who live in the House.

Constance says
OUT OF VOLUNTEERING I
REALLY DO GET A BIG SENSE
OF FULFILLMENT AND JOY.
HERE WITH SENIORS YOU'RE
MAKING THEIR LAST YEARS
MAYBE THE BEST
THAT THEY CAN BE.
I REALLY FEEL HAPPY.
AND I REALLY FEEL AS
THOUGH I'VE ACCOMPLISHED
SOMETHING WHEN
I GO HOME.
SO IT'S A REALLY
A SENSE OF JOY.

A woman in her seventies appears on screen sitting on a wheelchair. She has short curly white hair and wears glasses and a satin deep blue blouse.

She says
I THINK IT'S GOOD
EXPERIENCE FOR THEM.

A new woman appears on screen. She’s in her seventies. She has short white curly hair and wears glasses, a patterned grey and black cardigan over a white shirt.

She says
AND THEY'RE YOUNG AND
VIVACIOUS, YOU KNOW.
IT GIVES YOU A
BIT OF A LIFT.

A woman in her eighties with short white hair in a bob appears on screen. She wears a patchwork cardigan and a chain necklace.

She says
AND THEY ARE SO VERY COURTEOUS
AND VERY NICE GIRLS.
THEY'RE ALWAYS
LOVELY PEOPLE.

Next, the two girls approach a new Senior. She’s on her seventies. She has short wavy grey hair and wears a grey shirt and a shocking violet cardigan.

Cassandra says
DID YOU WANT
SOME JUICE?

The Woman in the Violet Cardigan says
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Cassandra says
CRANBERRY, APPLE
OR ORANGE?

The Woman in the Violet Cardigan says
CRANBERRY, PLEASE.

Cassandra says
ALWAYS A FAVOURITE.

The Woman in the Violet Cardigan says
YOU GIRLS ARE
VERY GOOD.

Cassandra says
THANK YOU.
YOU JUST FEEL GOOD.
I DON'T EVEN KNOW
HOW TO EXPLAIN IT.
YOU GO HOME AND TO KNOW
THAT YOU'VE HELPED SOMEONE.
AND FOR ME, THE SMILES
ON THEIR FACES.
AND WHEN THEY SAY THANK
YOU FOR THINKING OF ME,
OR I'LL SEE YOU
NEXT WEEK,
YOU KNOW IT WAS
WORTH IT IN THE END.
AND THEY'LL BE WAITING
FOR YOU NEXT WEEK.
AND KNOWING THAT SOMEONE IS
APPRECIATING WHAT YOU'RE DOING
AND HAPPY THAT YOU'RE THERE
IS THE BEST REWARD FOR IT.

The teenage girls say goodbye.

Constance says
WE'LL SEE YOU
NEXT WEEKEND.

The Woman in her Seventies says
WELL, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

Cassandra says
BYE.

(music plays)

The end credits roll.

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The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, 2002.

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