“I have the chance to be a listener and to give time by just being present. That is both a challenge and a reward”
Meet Jean Sadler, one of our many extraordinary volunteers. Jean grew up and pursued her professional training as a nurse in the Muskoka area. She then found work opportunities, love and community on the Bruce Peninsula. Her nursing career of more than 30 years was spent in Owen Sound and then Wiarton where she and her husband Bill raised their four children.
Upon retirement Jean still had plenty of energy and wanted to give to her community. She joined Bruce Peninsula Hospice in 2007 by signing up for the required training. As a nurse she saw plenty of suffering both physical and emotional and her job required the important “hands-on” approach to patient care. But there were always time constraints that limited a deeper patient and family connection.
As a Visiting Volunteer Client Care provider with Bruce Peninsula Hospice (BPH), she delights in making those more profound, personal connections with clients and their loved ones. “Sometimes that can be a little harder because I have to put my nurse’s training aside. However, now I have the chance to be a listener and to give time by just being present. That is both a challenge and a reward.” To help meet that challenge Jean pursues learning opportunities and participates in ongoing volunteer training.
Over her years with BPH Jean has also contributed on the Volunteer Committee, helped with numerous fundraising initiatives and provided Comfort Measures Training for our volunteers. She continues to give her time by being one of our representatives on the Gateway Haven Palliative Care Committee. Her care and commitment to our community was recognized in 2015 as a recipient of the South Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Award.
We thank Jean for her years of steady service and her commitment to the care of our community. She is yet another example of how Bruce Peninsula Hospice is made strong by its exceptional volunteers.