An­gels who wear blue, white and sage

The Glengarry News - - Health Beauty Fitness Nutrition -

Dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, the Corn­wall Hos­pi­tal rec­og­nized its Aux­il­iary Mem­bers, Spir­i­tual Care Providers, and many oth­ers who vol­un­teer through­out the hos­pi­tal at an Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon.

Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iaries started in the mid-1800s with the first cre­ated in St. Catharine’s in 1865. They were orig­i­nally in­tended to fundraise for hos­pi­tals but as their mem­ber­ship grew, so did their tasks. In the early 1960s, vol­un­teers (of­ten called candy-stripers be­cause of their white and red stripped uni­forms) helped nurses with non-clin­i­cal work like chang­ing linens and re­triev­ing paper doc­u­ments.

To­day, wear­ing blue, white and sage vests, vol­un­teers are a com­mon sight in the hos­pi­tal and they can be found pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and di­rec­tions, work­ing in the gift shop, pro­vid­ing spir­i­tual care sup­port or help- ing pa­tients with their meal trays.

“Our vol­un­teers do­nate their in­valu­able time to help us pro­vide ex­cep­tional care for our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies,” points out Jeanette Des­patie, Pres­i­dent and CEO. “We are so very grate­ful for their con­tri­bu­tions; last year alone they con­trib­uted close to 20,000 hours and the Corn­wall Aux­il­iary raised $80,000 in sup­port of hos­pi­tal equip­ment. What an ex­cep­tional im­pact!”

This year’s lunch in­cluded recog­ni­tion for sev­eral long serv­ing vol­un­teers some with decades of ser­vice to the hos­pi­tal and its com­mu­nity.

5 Years of Ser­vice: Aaron Bell, Wayne Grat­ton, Lynda Hen­rikso, Jan In­gram, Eileen Man­son, Claude Thibault, Adri­enne Toews;

10 Years of Ser­vice: Rev. An­drea Har­ri­son, Roger Le­houx, Au­drey Moores, Philip Pilon, Sylvia Richer, Ardel Smith;

15 Years of Ser­vice: Madeleine Forgues, Lorna Grant, Brian MacDon­ald and John Reid;

20 Years of Ser­vice: Denise Dickie and Dea­con Mau­rice Poirier;

25 Years of Ser­vice: Joan Poapst.

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