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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.