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CHEO volunteer Mary MacAllister receives Governor General’s Medal

September 7, 2016 — CHEO is proud to announce that one of our very own volunteers has received the Governor General of Canada's Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

After 25 years of dedicated service, Mary MacAllister continues to volunteer at CHEO every Monday night to bring comfort to infants and toddlers in our care. Almost nothing, other than illness, interferes with this or with her menagerie of other volunteer commitments.

CHEO has more than 500 volunteers who contribute over 32,000 hours every year! The commitment, dedication, and positivity that all of our volunteers bring to their role help us to deliver exceptional care and help our kids and families be their healthiest. We are looking forward to celebrating Mary, along with our many other long service volunteers, at the annual Service Recognition Awards banquet on October 5, 2016.

Aside from bringing comfort to our patients, Mary has also volunteered as a gardener at the May Court Hospice, Hospice Care Ottawa for the last 11 years. The large gardens are entirely maintained by volunteers from April through October, with planning in the winter. As well, Mary volunteers in the Residence, often sitting with or helping clients and easing their final days.

Mary also volunteers in her church and her community, helping neighbours and friends, some of whom are shut-ins and/or disabled, with drives, shopping, visiting or whatever else they may need.

We are fortunate to know Mary as a member of our incredible volunteer team and are pleased that she will be receiving such recognition for the warm, genuine and positive energy that she brings both to the hospital environment and to her community.

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