Nan Miller, who has served with HVHC since 1995, as a Patient Care Volunteer, Care Manager and MDI Area Coordinator, as well as a representative of HVHC and related services in the community, received a Lifetime of Service Award. In the role of Regional Coordinator, especially, Nan has truly functioned as an extension of our staff – managing the process of serving patients and caregivers on MDI by assessing family needs, discerning the best volunteer to fit the circumstances, and serving as a support system to the volunteers in their service. Nan worked closely with our Patient Care Manager to serve the residents of MDI with personalized, responsive care and extensive knowledge and skills to service in intersecting ways.
We have a beautiful original work of art created for each of this year’s award recipients provided by Maine artist Linden O’Ryan. Incidentally, and movingly, Linden shared with me that, when her young son was in his cancer journey, Nan Miller was the Care Manager who served her family, and Linden was quite pleased to be able to contribute to this award for someone who helped her through one of life’s most unimaginable challenges.
After 26 years of service with HVHC, Nan has recently resigned from volunteering with HVHC and while we are very sorry to have to let her go, we certainly understand and recognize that she will always be a member of the HVHC circle of caring. Thank You, Nan Miller!
Scot Ford was recognized with a video presentation by our former, but recent, Bereavement Services manager Jane Cornman. Jane shared many reflections on the ways that Scot has stepped up especially during the pandemic and all of the transitions that were necessitated by the pandemic. Scot facilitated support groups in each of the last four series, always coming with enthusiasm and ideas for how to serve more people, including special populations.
Like many of our volunteers, Scot had to embrace a big learning curve to provide all these services, and he has jumped in with both feet from the beginning. Scot’s positive attitude and desire to serve has brought a great deal to our Bereavement Program, and to his role as a “Handy Man” around the hospice house. We are grateful for these gifts and all that he will bring through his commitment to future programs and services. Congratulations Scot!
Mike Woodard is another volunteer who has joined our HVHC family with gusto! Having reached out to us just prior to the start of the pandemic, Mike has been very creative in how he has been able to join our team. Mike has participated in nearly every educational program and opportunity that we have offered through these months of virtual outreach and sharing, and recently completed our first-ever online volunteer training program, to become a Bereavement Support Volunteer.
In the biggest single form of contribution that Mike has provided to HVHC, he has taken the lead in organizing and completing many tasks related to improvements around the hospice house. You may remember, we put out a call in recent Volunteer Newsletters for Handy People to help out with a variety of repair and update tasks around the house, Mike was the first to step right up. Little did he know that there was a LONG list of jobs, but he didn’t flinch. Many of the jobs have been completed, from scrubbing the vinyl siding to repairing the backyard garden fence, to digging up the base of an ancient lawn decoration and repairing the front ramp.
In addition to his handy-man skills, Mike brings a level of humility and good humor to his gift-sharing, and has brought an over-all welcome addition to our HVHC Volunteer team.
Because it simply was not possible to choose only one Zeke Dennett Award recipient, all Patient Care and Evensong Volunteers were recognized, because of the grace, commitment, and flexibility all our volunteers offered throughout the challenging times of the pandemic. All of our volunteers make us who we are; we exist because of you! Evensong has continued to rehearse
outdoors and provide the gift of their singing on a few occasions when it has been safe to do so. They have been open to learning new songs when not in their current repertoire and they have always made themselves available at a moment’s notice. Evensong members have carried and held one another through these times of uncertainty. We are privileged to have so many dedicated and talented singers who are bonded not only by their love of music, but also by their desire to share their gifts with those at the end-of-life.