National Volunteer Week is a time to show our gratitude for the countless acts of kindness that strengthen our community thanks to the generosity of volunteers. As I reflect on this year’s National Volunteer Week theme, “The Value of One, the Power of Many,” it unquestionably captures the impact that all volunteers have on Women’s College Hospital, not only today but throughout our hundred-year history.
At Women’s College Hospital, volunteers have long been integral in ensuring exceptional patient experiences. Their dedication and selflessness supports our clinical programs, provides comfort and assurance to our patients and families, and inspires our staff, physicians and learners as we move forward together in achieving our vision.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this past year has changed the volunteer experience at Women’s College. While many of us have been apart in order to keep each other safe, we have been able to stay virtually connected and in some instance our volunteers have even provided remote support.
Like all good friends, volunteers haven’t been far from our hearts. We are tremendously grateful for all their messages of support and encouragement. Every note, email and gesture has been deeply appreciated by everyone at Women’s College. While they may not be here, we can feel their presence and know they are cheering us on from their homes across our region.
We miss seeing the friendly faces of all our volunteers and look forward to the day when we can welcome them all back safely. Until then, on behalf of all our staff, physicians, learners, and the entire Women’s College Hospital community, thank you for your extraordinary support and contributions.