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Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteer Appreciation Week 2019

A thank-you message from President and CEO David Diamond to Eastern Health volunteers 
 
The theme of National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2019, The Volunteer Factor: Lifting Communities, highlights the impact that volunteering has at the community level. And as we know, Eastern Health is its own community, with 13,000 employees serving a population of more than 300,000 people. In the past year, nearly 1,950 volunteers gave over 76,000 hours of their time to our community and those who required our services. 
 
Eastern Health volunteers give their commitment, abilities, and time for a variety of reasons, but one common thread is that they want to help others and to give back to something greater than themselves. These volunteers offer freely some of their own skills and talents in order to bring joy to others - an invaluable trait that we celebrate here at Eastern Health.
 
Volunteering can create a sense of purpose and belonging for the volunteer, but it also helps provide a sense of community both within - and outside our walls. Our volunteers help our patients, clients, and residents stay connected to their own communities by providing some of the comforts of home. Whether that means a game of cards or a conversation at dinner, the contributions of our volunteers are so important.
 
Volunteer Appreciation Week is a time to recognize all of the incredible efforts of our volunteers, and I encourage all employees to reach out to the volunteers in your area to say thank you for everything they do.
 
On behalf of Eastern Health, I wish to thank each of our volunteers for all that you do for our patients, clients and residents. The compassion and generosity of time you show to others is an inspiration, and we are truly grateful for the services you provide every day.
 
David Diamond,
President and CEO, Eastern Health
 

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Updated Apr 8, 2019