High Praise for Hospice Volunteers
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