BPH volunteers Helen Westover, Sally Gibson, Marilyn Bullen and Jean Sadler are celebrated for outstanding contributions.
Helen Westover 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 19th.
Helen Westover is Bruce Peninsula Hospice’s 2015 recipient of the June Callwood Award. This award was established in the fall of 1994 by the Hospice Association of Ontario, now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. June Callwood was a long time advocate for hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario. She was the inaugural recipient and first official member of the Circle of Outstanding Volunteers Award in 1995.
Since 2008, Helen Westover has been a dedicated volunteer with Bruce Peninsula Hospice. Helen’s experience as a family caregiver, her leadership abilities and advanced education and mentoring in hospice resulted in her selection as Client Care Coordinator. Her outgoing, welcoming nature plus sensitivity with clients, families and volunteers facilitates our quality care. She serves on the Volunteer and Community Education Committees, and speaks with community groups. Helen’s passionate commitment to hospice translates into over 500 hours of volunteer service per year. Helen’s compassion and ease in meeting with families at a very difficult time is her greatest asset. She is thankful for the gift she has been given — to be available for families in our community. Helen enthusiastically embraces every aspect of her hospice work and Bruce Peninsula Hospice is privileged to recognize her for this honour. Congratulations Helen.
Previous award winners: Mary Busey (2014), Carol Beggs (2013), Barb
Lavigne (2012), Sheila McLaughlin (2011), Donna Baker (2010), Shirley Leeder (2009), Bev Ker (2008), Betty McIntyre (2007), and Shirley Botting (2006).
On Sunday May 3, 2015, two Bruce Peninsula Hospice volunteers were celebrated at the North Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Recognition Day.
Sally Gibson – Volunteer Visitor, Griffin Salen – Councillor – (from left to right)
Sally, is a retired teacher, wife, mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in Hope Bay. She joined Bruce Peninsula Hospice as a client care volunteer visitor in 2004. Sally is very diligent and hard working and has spent many hours furthering her education in HPC. During her 10 + years, many families in Northern Bruce have come to know Sally as she has shown dedication, compassion and commitment in accompanying and sharing her skills with many clients on their journey.
Sally has also volunteered for various committees within our organization as recording secretary for both the Volunteer Committee and the Board of Directors. And now she serves as a director on the board and is also active with our Accreditation committee responsible for achieving our final level of re-certification with HPCO
Sally shares her ability and love of writing by contributing many written reports on educational workshops for our newsletter, she reviews books on HPC that could be beneficial to clients and volunteers.
Our Board is very happy to acknowledge Sally’s invaluable contribution to our Hospice and to her community here in the Bruce Peninsula.
Marilyn describes herself as someone who likes to laugh, to listen and be in the background and as a retired nurse who has always had a passion for those persons who are in a palliative stage.
After nursing for over 30 years Marilyn became a hospice volunteer visitor in 2010. Shortly thereafter in 2012 Marilyn agreed to be Client Care Coordinator for BPH for the Northern Bruce Peninsula.
Now being a client care coordinator is very challenging involving considerable time and commitment .When we receive a referral either from family, doctor, nursing agency , friend or CCAC , Marilyn contacts the family and arranges to meet for an interview. During this visit she makes a thorough assessment of the client and the family needs. Her many years as a nurse and her organizational skills are advantageous in this role. After consultation with the family in determining their needs, she then matches a CC visiting volunteer, shares the needs and expectation of the client and family and then accompanies the visiting volunteer to meet the family. She then closely follows the care and progress both with the family and also with the volunteer.
She is very conscientious and shows much empathy, patience and consideration to both the family and the volunteer. Her client care visiting volunteers comment on the attentiveness that she brings to them as well as her strong advocacy for her clients.
Marilyn also participates in weekly nursing rounds at LH hospital and has been an active member of the BPH Volunteer and Bereavement sub committees.
Her strong connections with this community plus her sensitivity, dedication and knowledge is of immense value both to our hospice and to this community and we are pleased to participate in recognizing her volunteer service.
Jean Sadler has been an invaluable volunteer for Bruce Peninsula Hospice since she joined the organization in 2007. Jean not only brought her caring, her commitment and her wonderful energy to our client care volunteer visiting service, she also brought her extensive nursing background from the Wiarton Hospital. She is always ready to visit when families are requesting our help, in the hospital, the home or at Gateway Haven…sometimes even on the same day. She is a very competent volunteer who is always present for individuals and families making their journey more meaningful. Jean also serves as a member of our Volunteer Committee and helps to train new volunteers as an instructor of our Comfort Measures Course. Jean’s commitment is evident to the people and community of South Bruce Peninsula not only with the time and care she gives to hospice, but also in her many other volunteer roles such as Rebecca Lodge and the United Church.
See previous years award winners in our archives