Celebrate National Volunteer Week

Andrea MarshallA message from Andrea Marshall, Director of Communications, Volunteer Services and CEOD.

National Volunteer Week is a time for organizations to recognize and celebrate the contributions of their volunteers.

This year’s theme is ‘Three Cheers for Volunteers’, and you, our volunteers deserve a standing ovation for all of your hard work and dedication this year!

You supplement Ontario Shores’ operations in nearly every corner of the hospital in a variety of unique roles. Our volunteers at the Information Desk and in Wayfinder roles help visitors navigate the hospital. Volunteers in the Gift Shop directly impact the patients they serve and ensure our volunteer programs are funded. Our Family Council and Family Resource Centre volunteers help families when they need it the most. Volunteers in the Drop-in Centre and on Clinical Units brighten our patients’ days with friendly conversation and delightful treats. Special Event volunteers pitch in to ensure that patient celebrations are successful. All of our volunteers enrich the lives of our patients.

I am so proud of each and every one of you and so happy that you chose to volunteer at Ontario Shores! To say that your presence has been missed in these most recent weeks would be an understatement. You help to bring joy and a true sense of community to the patients at Ontario Shores.

Over the past year, our volunteers have contributed more than 10,000 volunteer hours, but your true measure of success is in the number of patients you support each year. Collectively you have increased our total number of patient visits by 170% ensuring that our patients have a renewed sense of hope on their individual paths of recovery.

I cannot thank you enough for all that you do for the patients at Ontario Shores and I am truly humbled and grateful to be part of the Volunteer Services team.
I look forward to seeing all of you again and I hope that you will stay connected and update the team. I will leave you with this volunteer quote that I believe embodies our extraordinary volunteers.

“The most useful asset of a person is not a head full of knowledge but a heart full of love, with ears open to listen and hands willing to help.”  ~ Unknown