It's National Volunteer Week In Canada
April 19-25th, 2009
Over the past two years I have spent time working in our
local hospital coordinating the volunteers in the various organizations.
Our local hospital has over 250 volunteers.
Even during times of recession, volunteers are still
rolling up their sleeves, sharing their skills,
to better their communities and the lives of others.
This past week we hosted our annual Education Day,
and offered four workshops that were led by professionals.
- The Cost of Caring
- Help the Bugs are Back!
- What's a Black Code Anyways?
- The Future of Volunteers
heaped accolades to them for the difference they make.
The Cost of Caring, and he used a clip from
The Bucket List video.
This clip gave the message that the hospital,
somehow, is not the best place to be.
He addressed how important it is to validate the patients feelings.
And yet at the same time,
he suggested strongly that we also learn to care for ourselves.
Most volunteers fall into the trap of victimizing themselves,
because they care so deeply about helping others.
How do we avoid the trap of martyrdom?
We had another instructor walk the volunteers
through the Quick Code Reference.
Most of us are not familiar with the codes,
and it becomes more and more important for us
to understand and respond to the codes appropriately.
During this session the nurse had all the volunteers,
put plastic gloves on and added a bit of paint to their hands.
They were then asked to rub there hands.
We've been teaching all our volunteers,
to hand out Isogel packets to patients demonstrating
the importance of hand hygiene in the hospital.
Does anyone recognize the person to the right?
She is a wonderful leader that supports,
brainstorms, deletes meetings, redefines methods,
reorganizes and restructures her life to help others suceed.
I am privileged to work together with her.
The Future of Volunteers!
Many Boomers are retiring and they view volunteering differently.
Their interests and aspirations are as diverse as you are.
They run marathons, bike in remote parts of the world or go on yoga retreats.
They are learning a new language, taking an art course or planting a perennial garden.
They're always looking for new experiences,
personal challenges, and how to make a difference.
Of course, this event could not happen without our most supportive staff.
Peggy has worked many years at CGH and is more than willing
to help when some of us are on the crunch lines.
Sandy's pleasant voice will always be heard at the Reception Desk.
She too, keeps everyone on track and fills in all the details
that seem to be endless on any given day.
"I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good thing therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show,
to any human being, let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again."
Volunteering, Where do you fit in?