Each year at our Annual Meeting, we announce the Zeke Dennett Volunteer of the Year awards. It is always a difficult selection process because we have so many outstanding volunteers! What it usually comes down to is: Who among our volunteers has gone above and beyond in their service over the past year? We hold these individuals up and name their gifts to us and those we serve as we celebrate ALL that our volunteers give in caring service to others.
This year, at our Annual Meeting held on September 16, we announced five Volunteer of the Year award winners - each having made unique contributions to our programs over the past year. Here is a synopsis of those awards: Patient Care Volunteer Lynda Tadema-Wielandt was the evening’s first award recipient for her expert handling of several complicated cases as Care Manager, advocate, networker, and “orchestra conductor” coordinating all of the various “players” involved.
The second volunteer recognition award went to Roseann Schultz, a dedicated Patient Care Volunteer who has also given hundreds of hours in the office over the past year streamlining several of our in-house processes related to both Patient Care and Bereavement record-keeping and follow-up.
A “Dynamic Duo” award was presented to the volunteer leaders of our gardening efforts. Diane Sanderson and Maureen Giunta were thanked for the dedication they have shown to the enhancement and upkeep of our Healing and Meditation Gardens - a show-piece for the community to enjoy.
The ten Bereavement Support Volunteers received acclaim as a group for the commitment they have shown over the past year that has brought many new features to the program, through teambuilding, in-house group offerings, and community outreach.
The final Volunteer of the Year award was presented in skit-form by the staff as a tribute to Harriet Bowden, who has served as our Friday front-desk person for well over ten years. In addition to serving as an extension of our office staff, Harriet has demonstrated over and over again her willingness to help out in any way that is needed, from staffing registration tables, to cooking for educational events, to mailings… and the list could go on and on.
Congratulations to each 2015 Volunteer Award winner! Your contributions are recognized among a field of outstanding service providers. Thank you, one and all!