Prostate Cancer Centre volunteers honoured at Appreciation Breakfast
Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. And National Volunteer Week — Apr. 10-16, was all about saluting those who give so generously of their time. Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre owes much of its success to the more than 70 volunteers who ensure the centre is the best of its kind in the country. The Centre does not receive any government funding and relies solely on donor dollars-and volunteerism.
Consider that the volunteers on the Information Desk at the Centre assisted more than 11,000 patients through 1,000 hours. Or that the volunteers in the Resource Centre helped 3,418 patients by spending 1,172 hours sharing their stories. Or that the volunteers on the Man Van spent 1,046 hours PSA testing 3,240 men on the city van. An additional 282 hours were spent working special events, providing community presentations and telephoning donors to thank them.
And giving thanks was what the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast held in The Founder’s Room at Heritage Park on Apr. 13 was all about. Your faithful social scribe had the pleasure of delivering opening remarks while guest speaker Dr. Shelley Spaner spoke eloquently as to the importance of volunteerism.
Special honours were given this morning to: 200-hour Information Desk volunteers Carolyn Miller and Fran Copithorne; 300hour Man Van volunteer John Maruszeczka; and five-years of service volunteer Ross Hunter.