Our volunteers given thanks
HEATHCOTE Health volunteers were treated to a special morning tea on Thursday to say thank you for their many combined years of service.
Administrative assistant Michelle Chapman, who provides ongoing support for the hospital’s volunteers, said she was delighted with the turnout for the morning tea after many were unable to attend the hospital’s annual general meeting where service awards are usually announced.
‘‘We didn’t think it was fair that our volunteers should miss out just because they are busy volunteering, so we decided to put on this morning tea as a small way of expressing how much we appreciate them and their work,’’ she said.
‘‘It was lovely to have such a broad range of volunteers at our morning tea today – we had volunteers who assist us in providing services such as meals on wheels (drivers and jockeys), aged care, pastoral care, maintenance, gardening, planned activity group, community visiting, bus driving and some who have never met each other before.
‘‘Volunteers at Heathcote Health often cross over into the other areas so they are never ‘pigeonholed’ into one service, although some are passionate about one area in particular and choose to focus on that.
‘‘Our heartfelt thanks go out to every Heathcote Health Vol- unteer for their invaluable assistance, we value the time they are able to share with us each week.’’
Heathcote Health chief executive Dan Douglass presented service awards to several volunteers and echoed Ms Chapman’s sentiments.
‘‘My heartfelt thanks for everything you do for Heathcote Health,’’ he said.
‘‘We couldn’t offer the quality of care that we do without you.’’
Long-serving volunteer Marion Hollingsworth was presented with a service award for her 35 years with Heathcote Health and the meals on wheels service, of which she was a founding member.
Charlie Carlin, Margaret Christey, Bill Dunston, Sandy Green, Denise and Peter Marris all received awards for five years of service.
Anyone wanting to volunteer at Heathcote Health, call Michelle Chapman on 5431 0900, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop into Heathcote Health reception to pick up a volunteer pack.
Heathcote Health volunteers enjoyed a lunch in the hospital’s new meeting room.
Marion Hollingsworth received the honour of cutting the cake for Heathcote Health volunteers on Thursday.