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Retired and Making a Difference

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Roland Clattenburg and Sinclair Dewis, better known as Rollie and Sinc, can be found at Ronald McDonald House® every Tuesday where they volunteer their time as general handymen. They are usually joined by their good friend Jim Steffens.

Rollie been volunteering at the House for almost 20 years. He was recruited to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House when he retired from the navy after 35 years.

“I could relate to the cause as I had lost a son to cancer when he was 14 years old,” says Rollie. “My wife had also been involved with Ronald McDonald House in Ottawa.”

Sinc, a retired biologist with Environment Canada, joined the team four years ago. Rollie and Sinc met each other through curling. When one of Rollie’s fellow volunteers at the House passed away, Sinc came on board.

“I wanted to do some volunteer work when I retired and Ronald McDonald House is a worthwhile organization to support,” says Sinc. “I lost a brother to cancer. Unfortunately, it’s something that has touched too many people.”

Rollie and Sinc do everything from plumbing to carpentry to general repairs. They both own properties and know how expensive it is to hire someone for these types of jobs.

“We are so fortunate to have dedicated volunteers like Rollie and Sinc,” says Joanne Hale, Operations Manager of Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic. “With an aging House, it takes lots of TLC to keep it running. Having skilled maintenance volunteers is a real asset.”

Rollie has witnessed major renovations at the House over the years including changes to the kitchen and dining room, bathrooms and windows. They have both lent their hand to small projects at the Halifax Family Room as well.

“The motivation is seeing the families that are here,” says Sinc. “We want to make it a place that’s as close to home as it can be when families need to be near the hospital. The House serves an important need and in a small way, we contribute to keeping the place functioning.”

For more information about volunteering with us, click here.