Dif­fer­ence" "Gen­uinely en­joys mak­ing a

Or­léans woman rec­og­nized for out­stand­ing com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Cather­ine Kitts

Coun­cil­lor Bob Monette.

"I have rarely met a woman who en­joys vol­un­teer­ing as much as Mrs. May­ers," said Monette. "Whether it be through her em­ploy­ment at St-vin­cent Hospi­tal, her church, the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion or United Way just to name a few, she is a per­son that sin­cerely and gen­uinely en­joys mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives."

May­ers ar­rived in Canada from her na­tive Barbados in 1960 and since her ar­rival has been an ac­tive mem­ber in the com­mu­nity. She worked for 42 years as a reg­is­tered nurse at St-vin­cent Hospi­tal in ad­di­tion to be­ing a team leader and a mod­u­lar leader. In her work with St-vin­cent, she ini­ti­ated the Respite Care Pro­gram. She was also the Pres­i­dent of the Hospi­tal So­cial Com­mit­tee and the Hospi­tal Dance Com­mit­tee in her free time which was very much ap­pre­ci­ated by her col­leagues and friends. In the 1970s, she was the Pres­i­dent of the Good­will Club, rep­re­sented St-vin­cent Hospi­tal at the Cana­dian Catholic Hospi­tal Con­fer­ences and sat on the hospi­tal’s 150th an­niver­sary com­mit­tee.

"It’s part of my makeup, to do and to give," May­ers told the Or­léans Star when she was hon­oured in 2009, by MP Royal Gali­peau. "We pass through this life but once. Any good you can do to help, do it now."

In ad­di­tion to her com­mit­ment to nurs­ing, she has also been very ac­tive at Our Mother of Per­pet­ual Help Church, a pioneer of the Glouces­ter Arts Coun­cil now known as Arts Ot­tawa East and was also in­volved in the open­ing of the Cyrville Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Photo: Pro­vided

Phyl­lis May­ers re­ceives a plaque hon­our­ing her vol­un­teer work from Or­léans Ward Coun­cil­lor Bob Monette.

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