Carolynn MacKinnon’s Story

Impact Stories

I recently retired and was looking for an opportunity to volunteer, specifically in a way that involved happiness and joy after a very stressful career.

Each day I volunteer in the BFG program, I experience joy and get to share it with others – children, the elderly, people in crisis or transition, and people of all physical, mental, and emotional abilities. What a wonderful gift this program has given me.

Similarly, I know the BFG program is a true gift for those who participate.

Some examples:

I recently spoke with a woman when we visited a seniors home – she was enamoured with the chickens in particular. She said tearfully as we began to pack up the animals “this is the best afternoon I have had in years!”

On another visit to Renascent, I chatted with a young man in the program who I recognized was the son of a farm owner I have known for years. While holding a bunny, he relaxed and opened up about how he was resolved to getting well and being a good father to his infant daughter. He thanked us for coming and said “this is the best therapy”.

We also visited a Community Centre in a low income school area, and it was magical when a group watched as the first live chicken many of them had ever seen, laid an egg! Sheer joy! They will always remember that moment.

This is a wonderful program. Thank you sincerely for giving me the opportunity to help WindReach, BFG, and our fearless leader Sara, continue to spread joy and happiness.

Carolynn MacKinnon
June 2019

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WindReach Farm Foundation launched “Of Course We Can Campaign” in 2016. To date we have raised $1.5 million towards the programs and services offered by WindReach Farm as well as building sustainability for years to come. We hope you will join us in this exciting journey.


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