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Streamway Villa hosts its largest volunteer appreciation BBQ in 7 years

Pictured above, special cupcakes and candles were given to Streamway Villa volunteers during the home’s appreciation event on Sept. 22.

Volunteers presented with unique gifts, and residents pay tribute to those donating their time to the home

Streamway Villa hosted its largest volunteer appreciation barbecue in seven years on Sept. 22. This year’s event had some new offerings that went over well with the 15 people who were honoured for their service to the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents. Read more

Riverview Manor hosts barbecue to thank volunteers

Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Rosemary Roseborough cuts into volunteers’ “thank-you” cake during a June 14 barbecue at the Peterborough long-term care home.

‘Each and every one of you plays a very special role here’

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor honoured its volunteers on June 14 with a barbecue to thank them for their service to the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents. Read more

Rosebridge Manor volunteer Gillian Organ praises staff members’ dedication to residents

Rosebridge Manor volunteer Gillian Organ is seen here working with residents on creating place cards for the home's Halloween party.

Rosebridge Manor volunteer Gillian Organ is seen here working with residents on creating place cards for the home’s Halloween party.

‘The reason I continue to volunteer is because I am so impressed with the care the residents are getting here’

Gillian Organ began volunteering at Rosebridge Manor earlier this year when her friend was a resident. Her friend passed away this summer, but Gillian says she has continued to volunteer because of the passion staff members have for residents. Read more

Kentwood Park volunteers give 100 per cent to residents, LEC says

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‘The minute I need something, it’s a simple phone call and they’re here’

Barb Hogan and Sue Capon are two generous volunteers who have been brightening up the lives of residents at Kentwood Park long-term care home. Read more

Carol Leadbetter receives Maplewood’s first annual Outstanding Volunteer award

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‘Maplewood feels being at home’

Volunteer Carol Leadbetter was presented with Maplewood’s first annual Outstanding Volunteer award during the Brighton long-term care home’s April 13 volunteer appreciation tea. Read more

Volunteer-led program at West Lake Terrace jumps from 5 to 25 participants

A photo of the Wednesday afternoon program hosted by volunteer and family member Bob Scrivens.

A photo of the Wednesday afternoon program hosted by volunteer and family member Bob Scrivens.

Residents drawn to afternoon opportunity to interact, discuss Scriptures

A Wednesday afternoon opportunity for residents at West Lake Terrace to interact and discuss the Scriptures has seen a jump in the number of participants over the last few months. From an original small group of five people, the program now draws around 25 residents. Read more

Seven-year volunteer Jayne Philip reflects on experience at Willows Estate

Willows Estate volunteer Jayne Philip (left) is seen here with resident Sybil Bellmore during a knitting program at the Aurora long-term care home.

Willows Estate volunteer Jayne Philip (left) is seen here with resident Sybil Bellmore during a knitting program at the Aurora long-term care home.

‘I think the person that volunteers gets more out of it than the residents do’

AURORA, Ont. – Jayne Philip began volunteering at Willows Estate about seven years ago when she and a friend made a quilt for the Aurora long-term care home. Read more

There’s no place like Garden Terrace for volunteer Anne Russell

‘Everyone is so compassionate there’

Anne Russell began volunteering at Garden Terrace about four years ago, when her husband Graeme was a resident at the Ottawa-area long-term care home. Although her husband passed away in spring 2011, Anne has continued to spend her spare time helping the home’s residents and staff members.

The reason Anne has chosen to remain a Garden Terrace volunteer is simple: she experienced the top-notch quality of life and care residents receive when Graeme was living there, and she continues to see the dedication staff members have to the residents and families they serve.

“I felt I wanted to give back and there was no other place I’d rather be,” Anne tells the OMNIway. “I know everybody, and everybody was so good to me and my husband, so I naturally want to give back to Garden Terrace.”

Adding to this, Anne says the atmosphere at Garden Terrace creates an outstanding volunteering experience. It’s staff members, who are supportive of volunteers, that make the greatest difference, Anne says.

“They are one of a kind, I’ll say that,” Anne says. “They treat you like you’re family. … And they have such compassion for the people.”

Through her volunteering Anne participates in several activities with residents — everything from helping people during meals to accompanying residents on outings. She adds there isn’t one aspect of her volunteering that she enjoys more than others.

“I just enjoy helping the residents because they’re super people,” she says.

Asked if there is anything people considering a volunteering opportunity at Garden Terrace should expect to find, Anne says it’s a high level of compassion.

“Everyone is so compassionate there; you just do not see that all the time in other homes,” she says. “I’ve visited people in other homes and you don’t get the same atmosphere. You walk into Garden Terrace and you have that homey atmosphere.”

April 6-12 was National Volunteer Week. The week is dedicated to recognizing Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers for their dedication to their communities. Click here for more information.

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Volunteer attests to the difference donating time makes

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Although her mother is no longer a Garden Terrace resident, Donna Getz continues to give her time

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Donna Getz began volunteering at Garden Terrace when her mother was a resident at the Ottawa-area long-term care home. When her mother passed away in 2010, she continued to donate her time to residents because of the difference she says volunteering makes.

And Getz is not alone; there’s a group of other family members of former residents who has continued to volunteer.

Initially, Getz and the other volunteers began coming to Garden Terrace on Saturdays. Together, the family members would create activities such as crafts or reading programs for residents. What all the family members noticed, she says, is how happy this made residents.

What’s more, volunteering made the family members feel good, Getz says.

“You’re making them feel good and they in turn make you feel good,” she says tells the OMNIway, adding volunteers learn a lot from the residents in the process. “It’s almost like a history lesson in some ways, but it’s something very special. Some people don’t have anyone, and it’s good to let them know that someone cares.”

Another perk to volunteering at Garden Terrace is that the home has always been supportive of volunteers, empowering them to create their own programming, Getz says.

“They’ve always been very open for us to go in to do what we wanted to do with the people,” she says.

Getz says if she was approached by someone interested in volunteering in a long-term care home, her suggestion would be to pay a visit to Garden Terrace.

“I would invite them to come and join us for an evening just to see what we do and what a difference it makes in their lives and ours,” she says.

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. The week is dedicated to recognizing Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers for their dedication to their communities. Click here for more information.

Keep reading the OMNIway for more stories about Garden Terrace volunteers as well as volunteers from across the organization.

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