High Praise for Hospice Volunteers
Sally Gibson is the recipient of the 2017 June Callwood Award for Bruce Peninsula Hospice(BPH)
This award was established in 1994 by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. June Callwood was a community activist, author, recipient of the the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario, and a long time advocate for hospice care. Sally has been a volunteer for 10 + years and is available for north and south regions. She has had long term clients whom she has served faithfully, She has taken advantage of every training program offered by BPH as well as seeking out other external programs especially in the area of dementia. Her talent in expressing herself in writing is definitely a wonderful gift. With this in mind, Sally has written reports for many workshops and social gatherings. She is also the “go to person” to read and critique books that might be beneficial to have in our hospice library. She has served on the Volunteer Committee, and the Accreditation Committee with diligence and commitment She has also been recording secretary and, Secretary of the Board of Directors. She brings her planning, preparation and skills to contribute immensely to all these committees thus furthering the workings of BPH.
Elaine Bell – recipient of the South Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Award for 2017.
Elaine has been an active member and volunteer of Bruce Peninsula Hospice for over eleven years. In this time, Elaine has attended many Hospice Palliative Care education events and completed her Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Course as well Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. While still working full-time as an Educational Assistant, Elaine found time to bring care and compassion to many clients as a hospice volunteer visitor. Once retired, Elaine continued to share her time with individuals and families at end of life and graciously accepted the significant role of Client Care Coordinator for South Bruce Peninsula. When Bruce Peninsula Hospice’s services are requested, Elaine is the first person the individual and family will meet from the organization. She is very skilled in her people and communication skills and also has exceptional organizational skills — staying in touch with families and volunteers and filling in to do whatever is needed to provide support to her volunteers and clients.
Elaine also loves to assist her family where needed, including helping with her nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren and enjoys attending their sporting events. In her spare time, Elaine is an avid knitter and reader and is involved in two book clubs. Bruce Peninsula Hospice is very pleased to acknowledge Elaine Bell as a recipient of the South Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Award for 2017.
Bob Cunningham – 2017 Northern Bruce Peninsula Recognition Awards
Bob joined our organization in 2014 after retiring from a busy life as the business manager of a Toronto law firm and settling in Lion’s Head. Bob and his wife Anita believe in giving back to the community as well as lifelong learning, all the while enjoying their love of nature and travel. Although Bob expressed some trepidation about supporting individuals with life limiting illness and their families, his introduction to other volunteers in the organization helped him identify that his life experiences could translate into effective, compassionate care. Bob’s positive personality and active listening skills are offered freely as he assists others in overcoming personal challenges. He recognizes that this profound experience has also given him the opportunity for self-reflection.
Bob provides leadership in the BPH initiative “Hike for Hospice”, coordinating activities and offering support to others involved in this important fundraising activity. Bob is also an active volunteer with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and this dovetails nicely with his involvement with Bruce Peninsula Hospice’s Hike for Hospice.
Through Bruce Peninsula Hospice and the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Bob joined other volunteers in the Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course designed to enhance knowledge, self-awareness and skills for individuals working with Indigenous communities. This opportunity has been a particular enrichment for Bob as he feels it has helped him to be a better volunteer. He feels privileged to get a glimpse of the richness in the lives of the people he serves.
Bob, Bruce Peninsula Hospice is happy to acknowledge your invaluable contribution to our organization and your community. We are very fortunate to benefit from your caring and compassion as a volunteer. Thank you and congratulations.
2017 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards
Donna Baker -15 Years, Dee Burnlees-10 Years, Bill Burnlees -10 Years and Betty Nelson -10 Years
Marilyn Bullen, of Lions Head, is the recipient of the 2016 June Callwood Award for Bruce Peninsula Hospice(BPH).
This award was established in 1994 by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. June Callwood was a community activist, author, recipient of the the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario, and a long time advocate for hospice care. Following 30 years of nursing, Marilyn joined Bruce Peninsula Hospice as a volunteer visitor bringing her skills, empathy and gentle care to individuals in our community. Her nursing experience, sensitivity and joyful disposition were gifts she brought to many hospice clients dying at home, long term care or in hospital. In 2012 Marilyn agreed to become Client Care Coordinator for Bruce Peninsula Hospice serving Northern Bruce. This challenging role requires considerable time and commitment. When we received a referral, Marilyn contacted the family and arranged to meet them for an interview. During this visit she made a thorough, non medical assessment of the client and family needs. She then matched a client care visiting volunteer and accompanied the volunteer to meet the family. She closely monitored the care and progress both with the family and the volunteer. Marilyn brought her attentiveness, passion and strong advocacy to the role.
In addition, Marilyn participated in weekly nursing rounds at Lions Head Hospital and has been an active member of the BPH’s Volunteer and Bereavement sub committees. Surely, our community is a stronger, more gentle place benefitting greatly from her care and caring.
Her dedication, knowledge, hard work and sensitivity make Marilyn a most deserving recipient of the June Callwood Award. On behalf of Bruce Peninsula Hospice, congratulations, Marilyn on joining the Circle of Outstanding Volunteers. Thank you for your service to both BPH and our community
Alice Hatt – 2016 Northern Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Award
Bruce Peninsula Hospice is delighted to have this opportunity to recognize our volunteer, Alice Hatt, at today’s Northern Bruce Peninsula, Annual Recognition Day.
Alice joined our organization in 2009 and brought with her a compassion and commitment to people in our community, a sense of fun, and a real dedication to any task she undertakes.
In addition to serving on our Board from 2011 – 2014, Alice became a member of our Community Education Committee in 2010, and her background in banking, as a media sales representative, and her artistic abilities served us well when she also became co-chair of that committee. Alice has helped immeasurably to Bruce Peninsula Hospice growing our presence in including staffing displays at health and seniors fairs, developing brochures and posters, helping with our Hike for Hospice and last but not least, leading our Raffle fundraising initiative for three years. We can’t thank Alice enough for her fundraising skills in obtaining wonderful prizes and managing the ticket sales proficiently.
Eleanor Davis & Barbara Lavigne – 2016 South Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Award
Eleanor moved from Toronto to the Bruce Peninsula in 1958 with her husband Russell. She has long been involved in this community, working for 15 years with the OPP in this area and is still an active member, for 63 years, of the IODE White Cloud Chapter .
Eleanor first volunteered at Bruce Peninsula Hospice in the year 2000. She chose to contribute her skills of organization and administration by volunteering in the BPH office located in the Wiarton hospital and by serving on committees. In 2007 she became a Director of the inaugural Board for our hospice. She was also an active member of the Volunteer and Community Education sub committees of the Board for Bruce Peninsula Hospice. She has actively assisted in organizing the Annual General Meetings, the Hike for Hospice and many volunteer events such as the international “ Voices for Hospice” .She has participated in many of the educational hospice workshops that are available for all volunteers.
Our Hospice definitely benefited from her abilities in the organization and daily management of the office during the years 2000 – 2002.
For many years she has been an active volunteer in the Administration Team of volunteers working as the phone monitor during business and after hours. She receives phone messages and refers these to the relevant team member. She is extremely generous with her time and very conscientious with her follow up of situations.
Barb Lavigne has deep roots here in the Bruce Peninsula. The Fenn and Lougheed families are her ancestors. Barb was born in Wiarton and left at 8yrs of age to move to Toronto . After university in Waterloo, Barb became an elementary teacher and raised 2 talented young women with Paul, her husband, in the community of Kitchener. From 1983 they have owned a vacation home in Oliphant area. Barb‘s grandchildren Sydney and Jackson bring great joy to her life.
Barb and Paul retired to the area of Oliphant in 2005 and after a training period, she became a Bruce Peninsula hospice volunteer visitor in 2006. She has also dedicated her time to our organization as Client Care Coordinator, assessing clients and matching those with compatible volunteers, She is a member and long serving Chairperson of the Volunteer Sub Committee , responsible for volunteer recruitment, orientation ,evaluation, ongoing training, support and recognition.
She has previously contributed on the Accreditation, and Volunteer Resources Recruitment Committee and regularly participates in our Strategic Planning Process.
Barb exemplifies volunteer participation and leadership with a compassionate caring heart, ready smile and a great sense of humour. Her organizational skills, dedication and commitment to hospice makes her a very deserving recipient of this South Bruce Peninsula, Outstanding Volunteer Award.
Barb, we appreciate your contribution to Bruce Peninsula Hospice and are very proud to have you as a member of our team..
2016 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards