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The Association of Volunteers celebrates!

June  1, 2015

The Association of Volunteers recently held its dinner and annual general meeting at the Latvian Canadian Culture Centre. The dinner also served as a birthday celebration, honouring 100 years of volunteerism at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). As well, the attendees also celebrated the completion of a very successful fundraising campaign where the volunteers collectively contributed $1 million to the Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s (WCHF’s) fund for the new facility. The Association of Volunteers is the second-largest donor in WCH history.

Darleen Bogart and Caroline Grose – who have each served as volunteers at WCH for over 50 years – were acknowledged at the meeting and dinner. Both women are incredible individuals of whom the association is extremely proud.

Guests included Marilyn Emery, WCH president and CEO; Ann Davis, WCHF chair; Mary Lou Maher, WCH board chair; Dr. Paula Rochon, WCH vice-president of research; Dr. Sheila Laredo, WCH chief of staff; and Jane Mosley, chief nursing executive and health disciplines, professional affairs.

Following dinner and greetings from Emery, Davis and Maher, service awards and the new slate of officers were presented. Two bottles of Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits-St.-Georges Clos de la Marechale 2004 (valued at $240) were raffled off – the winning ticket holders were Jane Mosley and Ruth de Winter. Attendees then proceeded to enjoy birthday cake and to play a rousing game of WCH-style Jeopardy.  The questions included categories such as important events, important people, and questions from the information desk.

During the brief business meeting that followed, the association adopted a revised constitution and by-laws.

A big thank you goes to Joc Palm, Aili Kuutan and Angela Muto for organizing this event – a good time was had by all and we look forward to the next 100 years!

The Association of Volunteers

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