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Waveny Care Network Celebrates its Volunteers

Posted on April 22, 2011

Long-time Waveny volunteer Joan Quick is presented with a special award by Heather Neff, Waveny CEO, for her astounding 6,000 volunteer hours of service.

 New Canaan – 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 40 active Waveny volunteers were recognized for service-hour milestones that ranged from 50 to 6,000 hours. In addition to recognizing hours of service, nine volunteers received awards to commemorate their anniversaries of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service at Waveny. This year, members of Waveny’s active volunteer Board of Directors and Development Committee were also honored for their volunteer service, along with members from RSVP – the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Following words of thanks fromSandie Malloy, Director of Volunteers, awards were presented to the following volunteers who achieved outstanding service-hour milestones:

6,000 hours of service – Joan Quick

5,000 hours of service – Janecke Madsen

4,500 hours of service – Scotty Perry

4, 000 hours of service – Julia Infante

3,500 hours of service – Carol Coyle

2,500 hours of service – Marion Blose and Lloyd Stout

1,500 hours of service – John Berquist

1,300 hours of service – Joan Hopkins and Sheila McMann

1,000 hours of service – Ann Fuller

950 hours of service – Polly Luster

850 hours of service – Ewing Butler and Ann Hearn

650 hours of service – Mary Tanzi

600 hours of service – Mary Eletheriou, Do Hance and Carole Scott

500 hours of service –Al and Jane Knaus

400 hours of service – James Hollyday and Michelle Vallely

300 hours of service – Helen Allegretta, Betsey Doyle, Richard Nicholson, Suzanne Scutt and Richard St. Francis

200 hours of service –Virginia Celaya Lowry, Anne Gilbreath, Linda Martin, Flo Milano and Elliot Sisson

150 hours of service – Joan Collin, Patricia Crown and Daniel Kraus

100 hours of service – Barbara Apy, Sharon Krishnan, Maria Lilliedahl, Suzanne Lopiano, Linda Neave, Patti Pflug and Muriel Tracy

50 hours of service – Oksana Bruda and Katherine McConnaughey

Recognition awards for years of service were presented to:

30 years of service – Janecke Madsen

25 years of service – Marion Blose and Joan Hopkins

20 years of service – Betsey Doyle and Elisheva Kilner

15 years of service – Kennon Jayne and Cornelia Nelson

10 years of service – Mary Tanzi and Jean Crotty

The awards ceremony marked the beginning of a week-long celebration in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which was themed “Volunteers Touch Lives and Lift Spirits.”

“It is a privilege to honor the time, energy, enthusiasm and talent you each give to us,” said Neff. “They are some of the most precious gifts we could ever receive. Never forget that each time you volunteer, your presence makes a difference in the lives of our patients, residents, and staff.”

“Our volunteers at Waveny have heard a calling to touch lives and lift spirits in extraordinary ways,” said Malloy. “They give of themselves to all whom we serve with compassion, help and encouragement. Volunteers are a healing spirit in our world.”

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 dining, 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 contactSandie 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 WavenyCareCenter. 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.