HPHA is lucky to have approximately 500 volunteers who give their time and talents to our organization! Not only do volunteers support and complement the work of our professional staff, they also provide hospitality, governance and fundraising services. From the Board Room to the Bedside each of our Volunteers makes a difference to the HPHA experience!
Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Jane - Stratford General Hospital
How long have you volunteered at HPHA?
I have been volunteering for a little over a year.
What programs do you volunteer for?
I am a friendly visitor for the Medicine / Integrated Stroke Unit, along with the Complex Continuing Care patients on the Surgery Unit.
What is involved in your volunteer role?
In my role, I check in with each patient to chat and see if I can do anything to comfort them. I often get them fresh water, bring them a warm blanket, find out an answer to a question they might have, take them out for a walk, or play chess or cards. I try to find out who they are as a person. I also visit with and support family members. Sometimes I simply sit with someone who is palliative - I might play some music for them, or hold their hand and just be with them.
Why did you want to be a volunteer at HPHA & what do you like best about volunteering at HPHA?
Volunteering has been a part of my life for many years in a variety of roles. I enjoy getting to know people from all walks of life. I chose HPHA because I have volunteered in hospitals and hospices in the past and I feel comfortable in the role. And because it's a short walk from my house! Being new to Stratford, I wanted to feel an affiliation with the community. The best aspect of volunteering at HPHA, for me, is the lovely, friendly vibe of the place. I feel valued and respected in my role and it is always amazing to me how little it takes to brighten someone's day. This keeps me coming back!
When you aren't volunteering at HPHA, what do you like to do?
When I'm not volunteering I am enjoying our new (very old) home and garden, having sleepovers with our grandchildren, reading and writing and cooking for friends and family. We love to travel. I love to learn new things and I enjoy taking courses. I will be trying out my new snow shoes this winter.
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