Mavis, a dedicated employee at the Burlington Thrift Store with 18 years of experience, believes in sharing stories to make a positive impact in our communities.
Thirty years ago, Mavis arrived in Canada from South Africa. Unfamiliar with Canadian winters and with no money, she showed up at the Burlington Thrift Store in search of assistance after being advised that she could seek help from The Salvation Army. Wearing only a thin outfit, she was cold, shaking and feeling low. The Burlington Thrift Store took her in and gave her a voucher card which she could use every Tuesday to shop for items from the store free of charge. Of the first items she acquired was a winter coat, boots, and dishes, as well as other housewares to make her house a home. While visiting the store, Mavis felt cared for, listened to and empowered.
“They made me feel special when I was feeling low,” she said.