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Women’s College Hospital and Association of Volunteers celebrate National Volunteer Week

April  20, 2015

For the last 100 years, the volunteers at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) have shared their time, energy and bright smiles with staff and patients at the hospital. As part of National Volunteer Week, WCH recently recognized the Association of Volunteers for its significant contributions and achievements.

“In the past year alone, our volunteers have contributed almost 28,000 hours of service to WCH,” said Nora Milne, volunteer coordinator, WCH. “However, the impact that our volunteers have made goes beyond the number of hours they have dedicated. Our volunteers have so much to offer.”

This year, the hospital’s celebrations kicked off with the Show Your Appreciation event. Staff and physicians were invited to write thank you notes for volunteers, which were later displayed for all to read.

In addition, a formal recognition event was also held. Volunteers mingled, enjoyed refreshments and were presented with a token of appreciation – a vibrant succulent plant – on behalf of the hospital for their hard work. Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of the hospital, made special remarks, reminding volunteers of the magnitude of their contributions to the hospital.

“This association has continuously focused efforts on supporting this hospital and our patients,” said Emery. “Through last fall’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, the Association of Volunteers raised over $18,000. This money has gone to support WCH programs and services that have long-standing impacts…to each one of you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Association of Volunteers The volunteers also heard from Mary Lou Maher, chair of the board of directors at WCH; Kathy Hay, president and CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation; and the hospital’s Infection Prevention & Control team. After the speeches, the AoV was surprised with a special video celebrating 100 years of volunteerism which featured several of its own volunteers as well as Emery, Hay and Milne.

The Association of Volunteers is currently being featured in the Community Exhibits Program at Queen’s Park from March until July to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

The exhibit – titled Association of Volunteers, Women’s College Hospital: 100 Years of Compassion – showcases historical artifacts and images from the WCH archives and highlights the successes and contributions of the Association of Volunteers over the past century. To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

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