Congratulations Mary, Donna and Bev
Mary Busey receives recognition for her longstanding volunteer service to Bruce Peninsula Hospice as she is welcomed as a member of the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, June Callwood Circle of Outstanding Volunteers, on Sunday April 27th, 2014.
For a volunteer hospice organization to function and serve the community well, many roles are needed:
a working Board of Directors, active Sub Committees of the Board to plan and implement the strategic plan, Client Care Coordinators, Hospice, Bereavement & Administration Volunteers.
Mary Busey joined BPH in 2003 and has served in all of these roles, many overlapping during her years of service: Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Office Volunteer, Finance, Volunteer and Bereavement Committee Member, Interim Client Care Coordinator, Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer.
She exemplifies compassion, steadfastness and commitment with a great sense of humour. In every capacity she has far exceeded expectations of a “ hospice volunteer ” and is a worthy recipient, in 2014, of the HPCO Award, June Callwood Circle of Friends, Outstanding Volunteer.
Marilyn Bullen, BPH Client Care Coordinator-North, presenting Donna Baker with her Northern Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Recognition Award on Sunday April 27, 2014 at Stokes Bay Community Centre
Donna Baker has been an enthusiastic member of Bruce Peninsula Hospice since 2001.During these past 13 years, Donna has served many roles and contributed much to our organization. As a Client Care Volunteer and a Client Care Coordinator, Donna has touched the lives of many people in their final days of life. At a very difficult time for these families, she provides support and companionship, and offers to accompany them on their journey of sorrow and loss.
As a member and chair of the Communications Committee, Donna was instrumental in the design of BPH’s first published brochure and has been a contributor of articles to the local papers. Twice a year, Donna spends many hours producing and editing our organizational newsletter which everyone enjoys reading. There are always little jokes, meaningful messages and tidbits of useful information. She has also served as a member of the Volunteer Committee, coordinates bereavement walks in Lion’s Head, and has been very instrumental in the fundraising efforts of BPH including making the Hike for Hospice a success.
Donna has been recognized with both 5 and 10 year Service Awards from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and in 2010 was inducted into the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, June Callwood Circle of friends.
While living on the Bruce, Donna has been very involved with the Bruce Trail and the Bruce Peninsula Environmental Group. On Sunday mornings, you will find Donna serving breakfast at Golden Dawn Nursing Home. In her family life, Donna is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who is actively involved with her grandchildren. Donna is an amazing cook who uses the vegetables she has grown in her large garden. On top of all this, Donna enjoys sewing and is an avid reader. Her concern for others is genuine, and she always makes an effort to show that she cares for them. Donna’s compassionate and caring ways, and her dedication to providing hospice service in Northern Bruce for the past 13 years, makes her a worthy recipient of this award.
Bev Ker receives South Bruce Peninsula’s Volunteer Award on May 22, 2014
Bev Ker, has exceeded the volunteer expectations of our Bruce Peninsula Hospice organization since joining in 2000 when Marjorie Farrell was looking for office assistance. Bev quickly became involved with other operational areas of the organization because of her willingness to help and her leadership and management skills. She attended many meetings to represent BPH throughout Grey and Bruce and was instrumental in BPH becoming incorporated in 2006, receiving charitable status in 2007, establishing partnership agreements, Level 2 accreditation in 2011 and represented BPH on the Grey Bruce Collaborative working to establish Residential Hospice for this area. Bev also worked tirelessly with colleagues to establish BPH’s first staff person in 2013. She spent seven years on our Board of Directors, and was Chair until 2012 — organizing yearly updates of our Strategic Plan and was instrumental in setting up effective committee structures. She now chairs the Accreditation Committee where policies and procedures are updated, maintains the volunteer statistics and manages the organization’s financial system.
Bev is a dedicated volunteer who encourages and guides those she works with while displaying great passion, conviction and care. In 2008, Bev was inducted into the Hospice Palliative Care Association of Ontario’s June Callwood Circle of Friends for her outstanding volunteer work. Whenever a member of BPH is in need of support, Bev is always there to assist them. Bev has, and continues to, selflessly volunteer many hours doing whatever is required of her and BPH is extremely grateful for the tremendous contribution she makes.