Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge recently hosted their annual Volunteer Education & Appreciation Day. There are 110 volunteers in the program and Volunteer Day is the one day each year that the volunteers come together to be recognized for their service, participate in annual education and enjoy fun and camaraderie with their fellow volunteers.
“We have 17 new volunteers since Volunteer Day 2018. Many of them have been visitors to our facility, have seen the current volunteers in their roles and want to be part of a group that has such a significant impact on the guest experience,” said Community Services Coordinator, Ann Kozak. “We host Volunteer Day to let our volunteers know they are valued, appreciated and instrumental to our success.” In 2018, volunteers donated over 9,500 hours of service to HAMHWE.
A big part of the day is recognition for their volunteer service. All volunteers receive lunch and a gift as a show of appreciation. Service awards are presented to volunteers reaching a five year Milestone. This year volunteers were recognized by Senior Team members; Luke Beirl, CEO; Brad Zeller, Vice-President of Administration; Heather Sheehan, Vice-President of Senior Services and Aindrea Lindsay, Vice-President of Patient Care Services. Volunteers Nadine Jojade, Michele Lawton and Judy Warburton reached 15 years of service. Volunteer Dick Langton reached 10 years of service. Volunteers Tim Brunelle, Delfa Dunlap, Steve Dvorak, Nancy Gustafson, Lana Johnson, Judi Van Camp and Joann Ward reached 5 years of service.
Bob Haddick received special recognition for most years of any current volunteer with 37 years of service. The final honor of the day was presented to Volunteer of the Year, Stan Strand.
Each year Volunteer Services picks one volunteer who has shown an extreme amount of dedication and commitment to his or her volunteer role. This is never an easy decision as every volunteer brings their special talents and traits to their volunteer role.
Stan Strand has volunteered in the Bistro for the past four years. Not only does Stan rarely miss a shift, he is always willing to fill in when another volunteer is not available. His response is, “I can probably do that.” He truly takes care of our guests. Stan does not just serve their food and walk away. He pulls up a chair and keeps our guests company when they are here. Stan does all of this and makes it seem like it is no big deal. It is simply who he is. His loyalty and commitment extend beyond volunteering. Stan and his wife will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary this summer. When you first meet Stan, you meet a rugged outdoorsman. When you get to know him, you know a giving man with a heart of gold.
If you would like to learn more about the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge volunteer program please contact Ann Kozak at 715-934-4323.