Com­mu­nity events

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Cape Bre­ton Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar is a pub­lic ser­vice list­ing of com­mu­nity events spon­sored by non-profit groups. To en­sure ad­e­quate ad­vance pub­li­ca­tion, sub­mit no­tices at least two weeks prior to the event. Limit an­nounce­ments to 24 words or less. Tele­phone 563-3838; fax, 562-7077 or e-mail your event to edit@cb­ GLACE BAY — The Glace Bay Hospi­tal of­fers a vol­un­teer pro­gram where you can do it your way.

Patsy LeBlanc, co-or­di­na­tor of vol­un­teer ser­vices for the Glace Bay Hospi­tal, said they are looking for vol­un­teers for all as­pects of the hospi­tal.

The pro­gram is as flex­i­ble as some­one needs it to be, she said.

“It could be any­thing from feed­ing pa­tients or just sit­ting at a desk. It could be an hour a week, or only once in awhile when some­one has free time.”

There will be an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion re­gard­ing the vol­un­teer pro­gram from 3-5 p.m. Thurs­day at the hospi­tal.

“There is no com­mit­ment. It is a chance for peo­ple to come and find out what it is all about.”

LeBlanc said one po­si­tion they al­ways have a need to fill is greeters.

“Greeters pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to peo­ple com­ing in the door, what room a pa­tient is in, or will even es­cort some­one to the lab or X-ray.”

“Usu­ally com­ing to the hospi­tal is not a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. You are com­ing in for tests or to see a fam­ily mem­ber and they greet you with, ‘ Good morn­ing, how are you?’”

“It also takes pres­sure off the switch­board op­er­a­tors.”

They also have vol­un­teers who de­liver books, oth­ers who visit and feed pa­tients, some take part in the adult day pro­gram or so­cial­ize in the long-term care unit.

There is a new vol­un­teer tea and toast pro­gram in the evenings.

“The pa­tients on the med­i­cal floor re­ceive sup­per at 4:30 p.m. but were not get­ting any­thing else un­til break­fast the next day. We are fill­ing that gap.”

Friends Steve Camp­bell and Fabian McNeil joined as hospi­tal greeters two years ago.

Camp­bell is a re­tired as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent of the for­mer Cape Bre­ton District School Boar­dand McNeil as su­per­vi­sor of cur­ricu­lum. Both be­long to the KOC.

“They sent a let­ter to our club looking for vol­un­teers so sev­eral of us came over to see what it was all about,” Camp­bell said.

Ev­ery Fri­day they spend a cou­ple hours at the hospi­tal.

“We en­joy it. We meet in­ter­est­ing peo­ple. It gives you a lot of sat­is­fac­tion when you are able to help some­one.”

McNeil said they pro­vide a smil­ing face for peo­ple.

“Es­pe­cially if some­one is un­der strain com­ing in, we try to put them at ease. A smile can be com­fort­ing.”

They see some peo­ple on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“It reaches the point they are more than pa­tients to you, they are friends. They come in and speak to us call­ing us by name and we call them by name.”

If any­one would like more in­for­ma­tion on the vol­un­teer pro­gram they can con­tact LeBlanc at 8422889.

To find out more about the vol­un­teer pro­gram at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal con­tact Adele Samp­son 567-7293 or at the North­side Gen­eral Hospi­tal, con­tact Jamie Pol­lock, 794-8521, Ext. 3168.

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