June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients
The June Callwood Award was established in 1994 by the Hospice Association of Ontario, now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. The award was named in honour of the late June Callwood, the Award Patron, and long time advocate of hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada. June was a recipient of this award in 1995 and since then, 520 hospice volunteers have been inducted into the Circle of Outstanding Volunteers. Volunteers are special people – a view strongly held by Ms. Callwood and expressed by her on many occasions, during interviews on TV and radio, remarks at annual conferences, and through her writing. Her book, Twelve Weeks in Spring, captured the spirit of hospice and emphasized the importance of the many and varied contributions of a team of volunteers. In all her years as a journalist, author, broadcaster and humanitarian, June Callwood’s name became synonymous with integrity, talent and passion for social justice. She has touched the lives of generations of Canadians by giving that passion expression through her words and through her work in the service of those in need.
To Margaret Van Den Hazel for her induction into the June Callwood Circle of Outstanding Volunteers at the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario conference yesterday in Richmond Hill. Margaret has been with Hospice Georgina through thick and thin, and has become a shining beacon for the next generation of hospice volunteers.
Here's her blurb from the conference program: Margaret Van Den Hazel has been a Hospice Georgina volunteer for 16 years. In that time, Margaret has supported many clients and logged hundreds of hours of service. She is actively engaged and can be relied upon to bring her smile and untiring effort to every event, fundraiser and meeting. Margaret has taken the lessons she learned in her many years and refocused them by becoming a mentor to new incoming volunteers. She is an instrumental part of our volunteer program, taking on tasks that enhance our client service capacity. Margaret’s humility, compassion and commitment are an example for everyone
Hospice Georgina Volunteer of the Year Recipients
Hospice Georgina could not operate without the dedicated people who volunteer their time, talent and heart. Hospice volunteers are helping people live life to its fullest. Hospice volunteers provide companionship to people living with a serious illness and help their family caregivers in a variety of ways. Hospices also rely on volunteers to help with office work, fund raising, community outreach and other operational areas.