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CHEO Volunteer Association Announces Volunteer of the Year

Ottawa – The Volunteer Association of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) today announces the winner of the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award – Mrs. Jean Voth – for the outstanding care she has provided to patients and their families.

The Volunteer of the Year award is an annual award given to the CHEO volunteer who has made the most outstanding contributions to the hospital, its staff and its patients. This award, along with several other special recognition awards, will be given out tonight at the annual general meeting of the CHEO Volunteer Association.

For the past 15 years, Voth has volunteered two mornings a week on 4 East, the infant and toddler ward. She helps keep childrens’ mind off their hospital stay by playing with them, she cuddles babies when their parents need rest or cannot be with them, and generally helps families to make their hospital stay less difficult.

“CHEO staff rave about Jean’s positive energy, her empathy and her selfless care for patients and their families” said Dee Derby, president, CHEO Volunteer Association. “They are grateful for her on-going commitment to the unit over all these years, always finding a way to prioritize the children and CHEO”.

The Volunteer Association also recognized volunteers for Long Service Awards: Edna Cummings and Flo Morgan for 40 years and Maureen Tourangeau for 45 years of dedication to CHEO.

In addition, the Volunteer Association will present student bursaries, each valued at $2,000, to Sasha Kearney and Alvi Rahman to support their studies. To be eligible for the bursaries, student volunteers must invest a minimum of 100 hours at CHEO, as well as provide letters outlining how they give back to their communities.

The Volunteer Association is pleased to announce their contribution of $150,000 towards the purchase of a new Medication Management System to be used in the Pharmacy Department. Donations from the Association support various requirements in the hospital and are raised through the Coffee Shop and HELPP Lottery ticket sales.

“CHEO only exists today because of the work of dedicated volunteers who, back in the ‘60s, raised awareness, argued the case and generated support to make the idea of a children’s hospital a reality” said Alex Munter, president and chief executive officer, CHEO. “We wouldn’t be able to function today without the on-going support of our volunteers. They are passionate, dedicated individuals who are making a real difference to this hospital and to our community”.

CHEO’s Volunteer Association supports volunteers and community resources to enhance the care given to children, youth and families. The V.A. strives for excellence and aims to provide proactive and innovative leadership. It has a long standing history of fundraising which provides necessary equipment and program support for children and youth.

CHEO is currently seeking adult volunteers with daytime availability, in order to balance the hospital’s current team of student and adult volunteers. Adult candidates can be retired, semi-retired, consultants, or home workers -- as long as they meet the requirements for the position. To learn more about becoming a CHEO volunteer, visit Download the PDF Application Kit for detailed descriptions of the volunteer opportunities available.

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