Our SHN workplace family would not be complete without our team of volunteers, who help us to provide exceptional care for patients and families across our health network. We appreciate our volunteers’ commitment to SHN every day — and especially during National Volunteer Week, we thank them for the choice they have made to give back to their community.
For a first time, this National Volunteer Week (April 19 to 25), we are missing our volunteers’ smiling faces and friendly voices at our hospitals. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteers are staying at home to protect themselves, our frontline staff, and our patients. However, not only does the spirit and dedication of our volunteers still echo through our hospital lobbies, halls, clinics, and units — many of our volunteers continue to contribute from their homes through initiatives such as virtual pre-screening for our hemodialysis program, and crafting, sewing, and donating fabric supplies for staff.
“It’s been said, ‘Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.’ This is the true spirit of what it means to be a volunteer. And here at SHN, we are fortunate to have almost 1,600 volunteers who show up at our hospitals wanting to do more…”
Over the last year, volunteers have been a true force of compassion and commitment in SHN’s journey to transform the health experience. We can never acknowledge and thank our volunteers enough for their amazing contributions, commitment, and dedication.
Almost 1,600 volunteers at SHN
Over 85,000 hours of service
More than $25,000 in fundraising
In 2019-20, we had approximately 1,600 volunteers across our three hospitals and supporting satellite and regional programs in the community. Through their generous gift of time, skills, and talents, volunteers contributed over 85,000 total hours of service.
Volunteers helped with greeting patients and families; assisting with registration and way finding; staffing our information desks and gift shops; providing patient support and education; filing, data entry, and other administrative support; sharing their experiences and insights as patient family advisors to support hospital programs and initiatives; and fundraising just over $25,000 for the Foundation.
SHN is pleased to acknowledge our 2020 Ontario Service Awards volunteer recipients. We are honoured to join Ontario in applauding these compassionate and courageous individuals for their dedication. We commend our volunteers for their contributions to excellent patient care at SHN. The awards ceremony was postponed, but will be held later in the year when it is safe to do so.
Award recipients: Sheila Cannata, Kailin Chu, Hilda Fay, Dagmar Freelan, Fatima Gentle, Shirley McDonald, Betty McBride, Shradha Patel, and Peter Vanderyagt
We would also like to acknowledge some of our long-standing volunteers who have each contributed over 30 years of service to SHN. We will be honouring all the extraordinary community members at our Volunteer Recognition Dinner for all volunteers that will be held later in the year when it is safe to do so.
McDonald, Shirley – 60 years
Betty McBride – 45 years
Barbara Anderson – 35 years
Joyce Dorman – 35 years
Gerry Haldenby – 35 years
Marilyn Reix – 35 years
Thelma Tappin – 35 years
Marion Tyrrell – 35 years
Joan Rodgers – 35 years
Melville Collie – 30 years
Rosabelle Jeevaratnam – 30 years
Honouring our longest serving volunteer
Shirley McDonald is our longest-standing volunteer, who has provided service to SHN for the last 60 years. Shirley began her volunteer journey at our General hospital on May 5, 1960. She has volunteered in numerous assignments, such as clinical units, information desks, executive roles with our volunteer auxiliary, volunteer office, archive committee, and countless fundraising initiatives. Additionally, Shirley is currently the Chair of our Social Committee and she previously held the title of Chair of Candy Stripers and the Director of the Volunteers Auxiliary.
The theme for National Volunteer Week 2020 is: It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers. Join us in cheering for all of Canada’s volunteers, and loudly and proudly thanking each and every one of our volunteers at SHN!
SHN is proud to have a strong and active Patient Family Advisor (PFA) partnership program. Our robust program of 60 PFAs, participated on 16 committees, five councils, and dozens of initiatives and short term working groups across the hospital — all in an effort to help us continually improve the quality, safety and experience of our care.
Thank you to our Patient Family Advisors who so graciously share their stories and experiences with us to help transform the care we deliver ever day!
Manager, Health Equity, Patient and Community Engagement
The Cardiovascular Rehab team would like to acknowledge the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm the Cardiovascular Rehab volunteers bring to the program each and every day.
Our volunteers are a key part of the Cardiovascular Rehab program success. The team would like to say a big thank-you to all of our volunteers for the work they do supporting staff in the Cardiovascular Rehab classes and the role they play in a patient’s recovery.
We appreciate all of our volunteers who dedicate their time to help support others and provide encouraging words to our patients.
Manager, Regional Cardiovascular Rehab
It gives me great pleasure for SHN Pharmacy team to acknowledge the incredible support of our SHN Pharmacy volunteers at Birchmount, Centenary and General sites!
Our pharmacy department is so proud of the commitment that these volunteers have consistently demonstrated to our team and the hospital.
Although we cannot celebrate in person this week, we will have a rain check on our celebration when we can all be together once again!
Hi SHN Volunteers,
Wanted to wish you all a happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!
We soooo appreciate the work of our Nephrology Volunteers and the Volunteer Services team who coordinate them especially in this difficult time!
On behalf of Nephrology and Diabetes (who counts on its Volunteers and are thankful for them), we want to extend a big thanks to you!
Hope you are all safe at this time.
Thank you to all.
Director, Nephrology and Chronic Disease Management
National Volunteer Week 2020 is: It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers
We would like to extend a big thank you to our Birchmount Day Surgery Volunteers!
Honorable mention to Alice, Alecia, Apdiya, Christiana, Dave, Diya, Effream, Ian, Jerry, Joan, Kaavinna, Peter, Rachel, Simon and Vivian.
We miss our Volunteers – stay safe and take care!
Lori and the Birchmount team
Clinical Manager, Operating Room, Day Surgery and PACU
We are so grateful for the Gift Shop Volunteers who consistently display compassion, loyalty, and kindness in representation of SHN. They provide a welcoming and friendly face to all who visit the shops, and build relationships with those staff, visitors, and patients of the hospitals. They make a lasting impression on everyone by sharing stories, laughs, and extending grace and kindness through all interactions.
The Gift Shop Volunteers often go above and beyond expectations in support of the hospital. Outside of the gift shop responsibilities they help with fundraising sales selling: books, knitting, seasonal merchandise, flowers arrangements, and more. They also volunteer their time and resources outside of the hospital to create knitwear and flower arrangements in which 100% of proceeds support patient care.
This special group of volunteers allow for the Gift Shops to operate smoothly and support SHN, we are so thankful for the time and service they provide.
Joyce Lien Teresa Gatti, and Claire Isip
Gift Shop Staff