Volunteers Continue to Donate Time to Cypress Health
Have You Said Thanks to a Volunteer Lately?’
Approximately 2,000 volunteers graciously provide in excess of 20,000 hours each year through the Cypress Health Region’s volunteer program. The region is indebted to the many volunteers that play an important role in daily activities of the patients, residents, and clients that are the focus of our programming.
During the month of April, Cypress Health is hosting appreciation events for its many volunteers to acknowledge ‘Volunteer Appreciation Week’ which was recognized across the country during April 6-12. The teas offered an opportunity for volunteers in communities to get together and enjoy the company of one another. As well, staff and management of the region provided greetings and showed their gratitude for the volunteer force. To date, teas have been held in the communities of Shaunavon, Gull Lake, Eastend, Herbert, Leader, Maple Creek, and Ponteix. Dates will be confirmed for Cabri and Mankota in the near future.
An Appreciation Tea has been scheduled for Swift Current and area volunteers on Wednesday, April 30 at the Cypress Regional Hospital. Volunteers are encouraged to register for that event by calling Eunice at 306.778.5206 as soon as they can.
Each year the Cypress Health Region receives support from more than 2,000 volunteers for programs and functions that include: Meals on Wheels, long term care activity helpers, spiritual care, flu clinics, auxiliaries, transportation, dental and wellness clinics, the Parent Mentoring Program, Kiwanis Clowns, and more. Many of these programs rely heavily on volunteer support and would not be possible without the dedication of community members.
“We are very fortunate to have such a caring group of individuals, organizations, and businesses that provide their time and skills to our volunteer program,” said Shannon Frederick, Human Resource Consultant responsible for the region’s Volunteer Program. “These appreciation events are just a small token of our thanks and praise for their efforts, which make such a huge difference in the lives of those that we serve.”
In 2010 the Region established a scholarship program on behalf of its volunteers as an additional, long-lasting way to show appreciation to those younger volunteers who have been involved. Each year, a total of 11 bursaries in the amount of $200 each are distributed to graduating high school students that have demonstrated outstanding community involvement and who are continuing their education at a post-secondary institution. This year’s deadline for interest has been extended to May 2nd and those interested students can speak to their school staff for more information on the application process.
Frederick added that the program could certainly benefit from having additional individuals that are willing to provide a small or large amount of time to provide assistance. Anyone interested in sharing their talents, helping others, meeting new people, and making a difference in their community is a great volunteer candidate. With the many programs offered within Cypress Health, there is always a need for additional registered volunteers.
For additional information on how to become a registered volunteer for the Cypress Health Region please call 306-778-5140 or visit the careers section of www.cypresshealth.ca. All volunteers are registered which allows the Region to easily identify available volunteers in each community and also protects individuals with insurance should anything occur while volunteering.