Health vol­un­teer trio hon­oured

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Three West Wim­mera Health Ser­vice vol­un­teers have won recog­ni­tion from Health Min­is­ter Jill Hen­nessy for their tire­less con­tri­bu­tion to help­ing those in need.

The trio col­lected 2018 Min­is­ter for Health Vol­un­teer Awards at a cer­e­mony in Mel­bourne.

Ms Hen­nessy paid trib­ute to the thou­sands of vol­un­teers across Vic­to­ria who self­lessly ded­i­cate their time at hos­pi­tals, com­mu­nity health cen­tres and aged care fa­cil­i­ties to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of pa­tients, vis­i­tors and res­i­dents.

West Wim­mera Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Ritchie Dodds con­grat­u­lated the recipents.

“As a health ser­vice, we are very proud and ex­tremely grate­ful for the in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion all of our vol­un­teers make to the lives of our pa­tients, res­i­dents and cus­tomers,” he said.

“With­out our vol­un­teers, the scope and qual­ity of ser­vices we pro­vide just would not be pos­si­ble.

“To have three lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers who vol­un­teer at West Wim­mera Health Ser­vice nom­i­nated in this year’s awards is a real trib­ute to the tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion that they have each made over many years.”

Mrs Keller, of Nhill, was nom­i­nated in the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment by a Vol­un­teer – Im­prov­ing the Pa­tient Ex­pe­ri­ence cat­e­gory; Mar­garet Ling­ham, Ru­pa­nyup, was nom­i­nated for the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment by a Vol­un­teer – Bet­ter Care Vic­to­ria In­no­va­tion Award; and David Kreutzer, Minyip, was nom­i­nated in the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment by a Vol­un­teer – Sup­port­ing Di­ver­sity cat­e­gory.

Both Mrs Keller and Mr Kreutzer, ac­com­pa­nied by their sons, at­tended the cer­e­mony at Mel­bourne Cricket Ground.

Mr Dodds said the event pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the health ser­vice’s vol­un­teers to min­gle with other like-minded and ded­i­cated peo­ple who shared a com­mon pas­sion to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of oth­ers when they needed it most.

Mrs Ling­ham has de­voted more than 30 years to the bet­ter­ment of care for the res­i­dents, pa­tients and fam­i­lies of Ru­pa­nyup Hos­pi­tal and Nurs­ing Home.

Mr Dodds said Mrs Ling­ham was a spritely and beloved friend around the nurs­ing home.

“Mar­garet ac­tively re­cruits com­mu­nity mem­bers to vol­un­teer, as­sists with a long list of ac­tiv­i­ties for the res­i­dents in­clud­ing the monthly mu­sic pro­gram, has pre­pared many fund­ing sub­mis­sions, and she is never too busy to help bake goods for cake stalls to help raise valu­able money for the Ru­pa­nyup fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

For more than 15 years, Mr Kreutzer has been an en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teer driver for mem­bers of the Minyip, Mur­toa and Ru­pa­nyup com­mu­ni­ties as part of the vol­un­teer trans­port pro­gram.

“David as­sists clients who are un­able to drive them­selves to med­i­cal ap­point­ments,” Mr Dodds said.

“He goes over and above to en­sure the com­fort and safety of his pas­sen­gers and the ser­vice he pro­vides is in­valu­able to their health and well­be­ing.”

Mrs Keller has been a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer for more than 20 years.

“She en­ter­tains the res­i­dents of the Iona Digby Har­ris Nurs­ing Home at Nhill with her gifted pi­ano play­ing, and of­fers com­pan­ion­ship and a friendly chat for peo­ple when­ever she vis­its,” Mr Dodds said.

“Phyl­lis’s pi­ano ses­sions are not only a source of great en­joy­ment for res­i­dents, but they also help to en­cour­age mem­ory re­call through mu­sic ther­apy.”

Mr Dodds ac­knowl­edged the ser­vice of the three nom­i­nated vol­un­teers, along with the en­tire 128 com­mu­nity mem­bers who vol­un­teer their time to West Wim­mera Health Ser­vice in a mul­ti­tude of ways.

“Vol­un­teers are the glue that hold our com­mu­ni­ties to­gether. The ded­i­ca­tion, em­pa­thy and will­ing­ness of all of our vol­un­teers is both in­valu­able and truly in­spir­ing,” he said.

Reg­is­tered vol­un­teers spend their time on aux­il­iary and nurs­ing home sup­port com­mit­tees, as com­mu­nity ad­vi­sors, com­pan­ions for pa­tients and res­i­dents, driv­ing peo­ple to med­i­cal ap­point­ments and de­liv­er­ing meals.

Peo­ple can call vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Kate Pil­grim on 5391 4222 or email kate.pil­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion about be­com­ing a vol­un­teer.

DED­I­CATED: David and Phyl­lis Keller at the 2018 Min­is­ter for Health Vol­un­teer Awards, where Mrs Keller was ac­knowl­edged for her tire­less con­tri­bu­tion to West Wim­mera Health Ser­vice.

RECOG­NI­TION: West Wim­mera Health Ser­vice vol­un­teer David Kreutzer, pic­tured with son Paul, was ac­knowl­edged for his ded­i­ca­tion to vol­un­teer­ing.

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