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Volunteers honoured for supporting health services

Alberta Health Services hospital volunteers

Volunteers who received service pins from Alberta Health Services. Back row, from left: Maddie Denis, Marj Hasselmann, Judi Reed, Emily Douglas, Dini Vanee, Aleda Emmelkamp, Susan Koots, Janet Tilbe, Willie Vanee and Carrie Bust. Front row, from left: Thea Hoeksema, Rita Field and Alice Parks.

Fort Macleod residents continue to invest their time and energy in the community’s health.
Alberta Health Services last week held a national Volunteer Week luncheon to honour the people who serve health care in Fort Macleod.
“Volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship in our society,” volunteer services co-ordinator Carrie Bust said. “It is offering time, energy and skills of one’s own free will.”
“It is an extension of being a good neighbour,” Bust added. “By caring and contributing to change, volunteers decrease suffering and disparity, while they gain skills, self-esteem and change their lives.”
“People work to improve the lives of their neighbours and, in return, enhance their own.”
The luncheon was held April 16 at Christ Church, Anglican in Fort Macleod.
Pins were presented to volunteers representing service in increments of one, three, five and 10 years, and every five years after 10.
According to Alberta Health Services records, 54 people volunteered 2,303 hours last year.
“We are so appreciative of the energy and enthusiasm you bring to your work,” said Judi Reed, manager of volunteer resources for the south zone of Alberta Health Services.
“Every day of the year volunteers like you are busy sharing their time and talents in our health facilities and communities throughout southern Alberta, and indeed throughout the province.”
Reed said it is important to bring volunteers together once a year to celebrate their contributions.
Reed also praised Bust for her work as volunteer co-ordinator interviewing new volunteers, arranging schedules and identifying new opportunities for people to help.
“Her important work allows all of you to get on with your important work,” Reed said. “It takes teamwork and you are all vital links in the health care team.”
Reed also praised health care staff including nurses, secretaries, child life specialists, therapists, technologists and clerks for supporting volunteers.
“They give you the tools you need to accomplish your goals,” Reed said.
Volunteers honoured included members of the Fort Macleod Hospital Auxiliary, Fort Macleod Health Foundation and individuals who serve as in roles such as entertainers and with the pet visitation program.