“It gives me great satisfaction knowing that simply my presence has been a positive part of someone’s day.”
Meet Carol Beggs, a long-time volunteer with Bruce Peninsula Hospice. Carol is deeply committed to the work of hospice. She has enriched our organization and has touched the lives of many people in our community by sharing her time, nursing experience and personal skills with an enormously generous spirit.
In 1989, Carol came from Toronto to live on the Bruce Peninsula. As a nurse she had developed a specialty in neuro-degenerative disease, a deeply rewarding path and a real learning experience. She greatly enjoyed her work with the VON serving families from Tobermory to Kemble. It was her work as a visiting nurse with the VON that taught her the importance of a team approach to care. More than 20 years ago Carol took part in the early discussions that identified the need for Hospice care on the peninsula. As a member of the founding Board of Directors she helped lay the ground work and define our mission; to bring compassionate care to families living with a progressive life limiting illness.
Being a volunteer for Bruce Peninsula Hospice, Carol has taken on a vast number of roles and responsibilities. Her nursing experience is appreciated on the Comfort Measures Team where she provides training for visiting volunteers in aspects of client comfort. She is also a member of the Volunteer Committee whose mandate it is to recruit, educate and support. Many people don’t realize that Bruce Peninsula Hospice also provides bereavement support in group settings and one-to-one. Carol offers her compassionate presence to the bereaved as well as to those living with a progressive illness. And she gives in such a selfless way, as though a gift was given to her. In her words, “giving care to others has a primitive and powerful affect on us”… “We become more complete…”
Carol believes in the power of silence to both sooth and encourage. A good part of what we can do is “Just listen, listen and observe”. Music can also bring comfort and Carol has created playlists of music on iPods that can be shared with clients.
What is so amazing about Carol is her gratitude for life. Maybe that is what makes her such a strong and gentle force. Her almost 80 years of life experiences and personal challenges have expanded her heart toward openness and generosity. She speaks of all she has gained over the years as a Bruce Peninsula Hospice volunteer — a social life that is deep and rich, meeting so many wonderful people and learning much along the way.
Carol is one of many volunteers who contribute to the work of hospice care in our community. If you are inspired to join our team, please, contact us or visit our website for details.