Difference" "Genuinely enjoys making a
Orléans woman recognized for outstanding community contributions
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.
Phyllis Mayers receives a plaque honouring her volunteer work from Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette.