On Friday, over 200 volunteers were celebrated for their commitment and generosity by residents and workers.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Frank
Providence Place volunteer, Naren Davies visits resident, Lottie Cassette on Friday afternoon
The celebration was inspired by National Volunteer week, and its theme ‚ÄúVolunt-Hear: Because Volunteers Speak Volumes‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúThis is so important for us at Providence Place. It‚Äôs an opportunity for us to say thank you to our volunteers for all that they do for us 365 days of the year,‚ÄĚ said Dianne Hartell, Providence Place‚Äôs Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services. ‚ÄúTheir dedication and commitment to us and the sharing of their gifts and talents is just something we cannot say thank you for enough.‚ÄĚ
One of the many volunteers is Naren Davies, who began volunteering in 2008 because she wanted to give back to senior citizens.
‚ÄúI worked in a hospital and long-term care setting and I saw that lots of these people don‚Äôt get the visitors that they need because people are busy in their lives, ‚Äú she said. ‚ÄúI have time and hopefully I can make someone smile.‚ÄĚ
Hartell believes Providence Place is blessed with amazing volunteers and said almost every area of the facilities operations is supported by volunteers.
‚ÄúThe community is generous. Moose Jaw has a great spirit of volunteering. So we are very fortunate that they keep coming through our doors.‚ÄĚ
The afternoon ceremony saw many speakers ‚Äď from resident Lottie Cossette, to Chief Executive Officer, Paul Nyhof.
Providence Place houses 160 residents and has 12 geriatric assessment beds and a Rehabilitation Unit and operates adult day programs.