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Volunteers extend hand, paw at OMNI homes

Volunteers play a crucial role helping OMNI LTC homes enhance quality of life for residents

From two-legged to four, volunteers are an integral part of the culture at OMNI Health Care’s long-term care homes. Read more

Volunteering at Springdale has fulfilled a promise Lynda Rose made to herself

Pictured above, Springdale Country Manor volunteer Lynda Rose (seated) and life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney.

‘I always said, if I had time, this is what I would do’

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Lynda Rose recalls how when her mother was living in a retirement home in North Bay she would make a monthly drive up to visit her. Lynda says she wished she could have spent more time with her mother, but she had a career and they lived far apart, so that was not always possible. Read more

Willows Estate toasts volunteers with roast beef dinner

Willows Estate nutritional care team member Charlene Robinson takes a break with desserts. She prepared a roast beef dinner recently to honour the Aurora long-term care home’s volunteers.

‘They’re helpful and they’re dedicated’

From the man who clears the dishes after a meal to the woman who hosts a small friendship circle, Willows Estate views its volunteers as integral members of the care team. Read more

Helene Waddell is a ‘natural volunteer’ at Frost Manor

Volunteer Helene Waddell (left) and life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton are pictured here during Frost Manor’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon April 5.

‘When she first came here, she burst in with energy and she just started helping – it was something she just didn’t think anything of’

When her father moved into Frost Manor in July, Helene Waddell says she immediately sensed the warmth and love that staff members at the Lindsay long-term care home have for residents. She also felt the need to help, so Helene quickly began visiting with other residents when she was at Frost to see her dad. Read more

Therapy dog Vezna is putting smiles on faces, one resident at a time

Forest Hill resident Shirley Grant pets Vezna, a schnauzer mix, who visits residents with her owner, Sharon MacDonald. Sharon and Vezna volunteer at Forest Hill through Ottawa Therapy Dogs.

For three years, Vezna and her owner, Sharon MacDonald, who are with Ottawa Therapy Dogs, have been volunteering at Forest Hill

For three years, a miniature schnauzer mix named Vezna has been volunteering at Forest Hill with her owner, Sharon MacDonald. Sharon and Vezna, who are with Ottawa Therapy Dogs, leave residents smiling after each visit. Read more

Volunteers a sweet asset for Maplewood

Brighton home hosts appreciation event

Volunteering is a sweet affair at Maplewood.

From jelly beans to Swedish berries, the Brighton long-term care home expressed its appreciation for its volunteers with a number of sugary treats and a special event recently. Read more

Streamway Villa hosts BBQ to thank volunteers for their dedication to residents

‘Streamway Villa would not be the comfortable, fun and hopeful home it is without our volunteers’

Volunteers are an integral part of providing high quality of life to the residents of Streamway Villa, so the Cobourg long-term care home hosted its annual volunteer appreciation barbecue on Sept. 23 to thank the people who generously give their time to help residents. Read more

Volunteers keep coming back to help make Woodland Villa Country Fair a success

Mary Lalonde (left) and Denise Legault volunteered once again at Woodland Villa’s annual Country Fair.

Denise Legault and Mary Lalonde say the annual event brings smiles to everyone’s faces – and that’s a good enough reason to volunteer

LONG SAULT, Ont. – Two volunteers who returned to help Woodland Villa team members with this year’s Country Fair say the enjoyment residents and guests experience at the event is what keeps them coming back. Read more

Volunteer ‘phenomenal with residents with dementia’

Rosebridge Manor

Rosebridge Manor honours volunteers during recent luncheon

From the woman who visits one-to-one with residents to the lady who helps facilitate the residents’ council, Rosebridge Manor is blessed with a crew of valuable volunteers. Read more

Pleasant Meadow values, honours volunteers

Norwood long-term care home hosts appreciation tea

Whether they’re helping residents enjoy a game of bingo or sitting down for a one-to-one conversation, volunteers are an integral part of the fabric of Pleasant Meadow Manor. Read more