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Carbonear General Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Receive Queens Jubilee Medals

Submitted by: Kara Roberts, HR Manager – Student & Volunteer Pathways, HR Client Services

Carbonear General Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Receive Queens Jubilee MedalsAlice Blundon and Nell Finn are both long term volunteers of the Carbonear General Hospital Auxiliary. I chatted with Alice just recently and asked if she could update me with any good news stories from the Auxiliary.  Alice humbly responded, “We have no unusual volunteer stories to share.”

She paused and proceed to state, “Well, we did have two of our Auxiliary members receive the Queens Jubilee Medal for their volunteer work in the community.” I thought to myself….leave it to a volunteer to think this was nothing ‘unusual’ and not worth boasting about! I asked Alice to tell me more and she proceeded to say, “I hope you don’t think we’re blowing our own horns!”

Nell Finn, now 83 years of age, has been an active volunteer in the community. Some of her outstanding contributions, for which she was recognized with the Queens Jubilee Medal include:

  • Membership in the Carbonear General Hospital Auxiliary for five years;
  • Serving as the first female town councilor in Carbonear and ongoing service for eight years;
  • Serving as commissioner in the Girl Guide movement in the area; 
  • Involvement in the Educational Foundation for the local Exchange Student program; and 
  • Volunteering with the local School Breakfast Programs for nearly twenty years.

Carbonear General Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Receive Queens Jubilee MedalsNell received her medal from MHA Jerome Kennedy, in November 2012 at the Town Council Chambers in Carbonear.

Alice Blundon has been active volunteer in the community. Some of her outstanding contributions for which she was recognized with the Queens Jubilee Medal include:
  • Membership in the Carbonear General Hospital Auxiliary for 15 years and continuing as a regular volunteer in the Gift Shop;
  • Life membership in the NL Association of Health Care Auxiliaries; 
  • Promotion of health in the Conception Bay North Area;
  • Development and volunteer leadership with a Fun and Fitness program for women in the area; 
  • Honourary membership in the Association of Registered Nurses of NL; and 
  • Involvement in the Carbonear Recreation Commission and the CBN Skating Club for 25 years.

Alice received her medal from MP Scott Andrews at St. Paul’s Church Hall, in Harbour Grace during one of the Fun & Fitness sessions in December 2012.
 
When asked what the Auxiliary would be doing to celebrate Volunteer Appreciation week Alice responded: “The Carbonear Hospital Auxiliary members will be going to church as a group and mid-way through the week we will serve coffee and other refreshments to the patients and families waiting in the emergency and lab areas. We’ll offer refreshments to those that are of course, not fasting!”

It was evident to me that these volunteers embrace the spirit of ‘giving’ as it truly is a gift in itself! 

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Updated Apr 18, 2013