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CHEO takes a walk down Memory Lane: Celebrating 50 years of volunteers
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – March 3, 2015 – The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is pleased to announce the dedication of Memory Lane to CHEO’s Volunteer Association, in celebration of the Association’s 50 years of dedication to the hospital.
“Today we are celebrating the countless volunteers who played a pivotal role in building the hospital and who, to this day, continue to dedicate their time and energy towards making CHEO exceptional,” says CHEO President & CEO, Alex Munter. “Without them, the dream of CHEO would have never come to be, so today we gather here to say our deepest thank you and kick off their year of celebration.”
The CHEO Volunteer Association began in 1965 as a group of dedicated moms and some dads, known then as the Valley Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. They saw a need for a dedicated pediatric hospital to serve the children in the Ottawa region, and were determined to make it happen.
They threw hundreds of coffee parties, bake sales, and special events—raising millions of dollars and rallying their neighbours and communities over ten years, all to realize the dream of a dedicated children’s hospital for our region. CHEO’s Memory Lane includes memorabilia which was lovingly saved over the past fifty years and donated to us by our volunteers to showcase CHEO’s rich history.
“2015 is a special year for the Volunteer Association, as we celebrate 50 years of community action and dedication to CHEO,” notes President of CHEO’s Volunteer Association, Susan Norquay. “We are excited to be holding special events throughout this year to honour all of our volunteers, past to present.”
The CHEO Volunteer Association was incorporated in 1999 with the mission to enhance the quality of care for patients and families by providing human and financial resources to the CHEO community and by supporting CHEO staff. The CHEO Volunteer Association is encouraging all volunteers to celebrate with them this year. If you are a past CHEO volunteer who would like to be involved in upcoming celebrations this spring please contact (613) 737-7600 x2752 or for more information about upcoming events.

Members of CHEO's Volunteer Association along with longstanding volunteer Jane Kirk (centre) celebrate with cake as they kick-off their 50th anniversary year. From L-R: Monique Bertrand, Louise Fiala, Lisa Gilligan, Melissa Keegan, Rachel Arnold, Judy Reaume, Meaghan Cheung, Anne Bouchard, Susan Norquay

One of CHEO's longest serving volunteers, Maureen Tourangeau and CHEO President & CEO Alex Munter prepare to unveil the new plaque celebrating 50 years of volunteers at CHEO on Memory Lane.

For more information:
Eva Schacherl
Communications Manager and Strategist
613-737-7600 x 3536
Cell: 613-769-5553
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