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Bluewater Health Celebrates, Seeks Volunteers

SARNIA & PETROLIA – April 20, 2017 – Bluewater Health has more than 700 volunteers who are a vital part of the hospital team, playing an integral role in supporting care and service. Their contributions range from greeting and wayfinding to assisting patients and staff, supporting our foundations and auxiliaries as well as serving as Patient Experience Partners and on Bluewater Health’s Board of Directors. 
On Wednesday, April 26, Bluewater Health will hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration to honour its volunteers’ outstanding support for the hospitals. The event coincides with National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, a time to pay special tribute to Canadian volunteers who take action to improve the well-being of others.
“Through their caring smiles, kind words and helpful hands, our volunteers touch lives and lift spirits while helping our staff, physicians, patients, families and visitors,” says Lisa Hendra-Pavey, Manager of Volunteer Resources. “More than 700 volunteers provide over 45,000 hours of dedicated service here every year. They are passionate, energetic, dedicated, caring and above all else, focused on supporting our patients and families. Every day, volunteers contribute to the betterment of this organization.”
“We place great value on our volunteers’ time, energy, skills and talents,” said Mike Lapaine, President and CEO. “We are fortunate to have the support of so many caring, altruistic people, who give so much of themselves to Bluewater Health and our commitment to quality patient and family care.”
In addition to the appreciation extended to all volunteers during Volunteer Week, volunteers with service milestones are invited to attend Bluewater Health’s annual recognition banquet on April 27. This year, the longest-serving volunteers have a combined 125 years of service: Joyce Manton, currently volunteering in the Cancer Clinic, is being recognized for 45 years, and Eula Evans and Mary Holt for 40 years with the CEEH and Children’s Auxiliaries respectively.
Each year, Bluewater Health also nominates six volunteers for an Ontario Volunteer Service Award through the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. This year, the following volunteers are nominated Sandy Downie, Ruth Lavigne, Sharon McGregor, Judy Scott, Joy Smith and Shirley Wellon.
Volunteer Positions
Volunteer Resources is recruiting volunteers to augment existing roles. In particular, the hospitals are seeking those available evenings and weekends. 
Specifically, the roles involve meal assistance, Guest Services, the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) and Friendly Visitors, Emergency Department, Welcome Desk and Auxiliaries. Bluewater Health is also seeking additional Patient Experience Partners.
Directors Sought
The Boards of Directors for the hospitals and Bluewater Health Foundation are actively seeking new members in preparation for the organizations’ Annual General Meetings in June. Visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca and www.bwhf.ca for more information and application details.
Patient Experience Partners Give a Voice for Positive Change
Patient Experience Partners work with Bluewater Health to influence policies and practices, to redesign care and to educate people about what really creates an exemplary healthcare experience.
Auxiliaries Provide Support
Two Auxiliaries provide financial support to Bluewater Health’s two hospitals. The Bluewater Health Children’s Auxiliary organizes fundraising activities to benefit the Maternal/Infant/Child Program. The Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Auxiliary organizes fundraising activities and provides in-service care programs for patients at CEEH of Bluewater Health. 

Students Give – and Gain
Student volunteering provides the opportunity to explore new career options and gain experience in a healthcare environment, while helping others and giving back to the community. To participate in the student program volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. 
For more information on turning passion for volunteering into actions that make an impact visit Bluewater Health’s website at www.bluewaterhealth.ca or contact Volunteer Resources at 519-464-4400 Ext. 5406.
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter  and YouTube. 
For additional information:
Birgit Lacey
Communications Coordinator, Communications & Public Affairs