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Waveny Celebrates its Volunteers

Posted on April 15, 2010

New Canaan – While celebrating 35 years of serving the community, Waveny Care Network recently recognized its volunteers for their individual contributions of time and talent at Waveny Care Center, The Village at Waveny Care Center and New Canaan Inn. More than 600 individual volunteers from the lower Fairfield County area collectively donate over 15,000 hours of service to Waveny each year.

More than 60 active Waveny volunteers were recognized for service-hour milestones that ranged from 50 to 5,500 hours. In addition to recognizing hours of service, 21 volunteers received awards to commemorate their anniversaries of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 – and for the first time, 35 – years of service at Waveny.

Following words of thanks from Sandie Malloy, director of volunteers, Heather Neff, chief executive officer of Waveny Care Network and Harry Rein, chairman of the organization’s board of directors, awards were presented to the following volunteers who achieved outstanding service-hour milestones:

5,500 hours of service – Joan Quick

4,800 hours of service – Janecke Madsen

4,000 hours of service – Scotty Perry

3, 800 hours of service – Julia Infante

3,500 hours of service – Jim Ruggiero and Fiz Tomaselli

3,000 hours of service – Lila Coleman

2,800 hours of service – Domenick Gredoni

2,500 hours of service – Marion Blose and Elisheva Kilner

2,200 hours of service – Alice Widen

1,600 hours of service – Barbara Olsen

1,400 hours of service – John Berquist, Lloyd Stout and Louise Pupelis

1,300 hours of service – John Newman

1,200 hours of service – Anne Conroy

1,000 hours of service – Cissie Wakeman, Sheila McMann, Judith Gilroy and Denise Widen

900 hours of service – Chris Snell, Marcia Dawson and Polly Luster

800 hours of service – Ewing Butler

750 hours of service – Ann Hearn

650 hours of service – Sonsie Overlock

550 hours of service – Do Hance and Carole Scott

500 hours of service – Christine Baehr, Mary Eletheriou, Kristen Hertz, Al Knaus, Mary Tanzi and Ginny Williams

450 hours of service – Jane Knaus and Margo Sisson

400 hours of service – Jeanne Crotty, Joanne Dwyer, Mary Fearon, Fran Keleher and Nancy Means

350 hours of service – James Hollyday, Eric Johnson, Gail Miller-Smith and William Stoops

300 hours of service – Louise Goodridge and Betsy Doyle

250 hours of service – Anne, Gilbreath, Diane Knetzger, Richard Nicholson and Sue Scutt

200 hours of service – Helen Allegretta, Virginia Celaya Lowry and Richard St. Francis

150 hours of service – George Baker, Janice Ferrucci and Flo Milano

100 hours of service – Joan Collin, Patricia Crown, Daniel Kraus and Sandy Mumbach

50 hours of service –  Barbara Apy, Marianne Dolan, Diane Driscoll, Muriel Tracy and Cynthia Wright

Recognition awards for years of service were presented to:

35 years of service – Alison Caesar, Janet Eberman, Ann Fuller, Ann Gillerlain, Will and Sonsie Overlock, Fiz Tomaselli and Dorthea Williams.

30 years of service – Liliane Trujillo

20 years of service – Marion Blose, Joan Hopkins, Nancy Means, Bill and Louise Stoops, and Denise Widen

15 years of service – Ellison Sisson and Sara Smith

10 years of service – Jeanne Crotty, Jincie Duane, Fran Keleher and Ginny Williams

Notably, the eight dedicated individuals celebrating 35 years of Waveny volunteerism have served the organization since its 1975 inception.

The awards ceremony marked the beginning of a week-long celebration in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which was themed “Volunteers Build a Better World.”

“When you volunteer, it means you give yourself without any regression, without condition, but with full devotion. Anyone who has ever visited Waveny and seen our volunteers in action knows this to be true,” said Ms. Neff. “Never forget that each time you volunteer, your actions, time and presence makes a difference to our patients, residents, and staff.  We thank you for your countless hours of service, and for helping to truly “build a better world” through your kindness and generosity. In this landmark year, please know that we would not be celebrating 35 years without you.”

“You truly build a better world for all whom we serve through your kindness and compassion,” said Mrs. Malloy, “You help to make Waveny the special place it is and we cannot begin to express the magnitude of our appreciation and gratitude for the difference you make in so many lives.”

Volunteers work in a variety of ways throughout Waveny Care Network’s continuum of care. In addition to providing one-on-one attention, they assist with activities for Waveny’s residents, patients and program participants like helping with social hour, afternoon tea, office work, gardening, flower arranging and intergenerational programs, which include running the General Store or playing Nintendo® Wii. Volunteers also help with special projects in the dietary, marketing, development and therapeutic recreation departments. Volunteer jobs are tailored to individual skills and interests, and orientation and training sessions are provided by Waveny Care Network.  For more information about volunteering at Waveny, please contact Sandie Malloy, director of volunteers, at 203.594.5334 or [email protected]

Waveny Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available six days a week with flexible hours and transportation from New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Wilton, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite and hospice care programs at The Village and Care Center. For more information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.