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