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Waveny Celebrates its Many Volunteers for their Time and Talent

Waveny Celebrates its Many Volunteers for their Time and Talent

Posted on April 15, 2014

Photo Caption: Long-time Waveny volunteer Fiz Tomaselli is presented with an award for her astounding 3,700 volunteer hours of service. 

Waveny LifeCare Network recently recognized its many volunteers for their unique contributions of time and talent throughout the Network, including Waveny Care Center, The Village, the Adult Day Program and The Inn. Over 500 individual volunteers collectively donate more than 15,000 hours of service to Waveny each year, with nearly 200 new volunteers joining Waveny over the past year alone.

For the first time in Waveny’s history, both junior and senior volunteers were honored together at an intergenerational celebration and awards ceremony. More than 50 active Waveny volunteers were recognized for service-hour milestones ranging from 50 to 6,600 hours. In addition to recognizing hours of service, 11 volunteers received special awards to commemorate their anniversaries of 5, 10, 15, and 25 years of service at Waveny. This year, New Canaan’s many active local garden clubs and beautification leagues were specially recognized for their volunteer service in beautifying Waveny, along with members from the former Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Waveny’s Pet Therapy volunteers.

“It is said that people may forget what you said and what you did, but they’ll never forget how you make them feel,” said Debbie Perron, Director of Volunteers for Waveny. “A little bit of fragrance always lingers on the hand that gives.”

Following additional words of thanks from Tom Lewis, Waveny Board Chairman; Bill Piper, Waveny CEO; and Rebecca Albrecht, Director of Human Resources, awards were presented to the following volunteers who achieved outstanding service-hour milestones:

6,600 hours of service – Joan Quick
5,400 hours of service – Catherine Hollstein
5,000 hours of service – Lloyd Stout
3,700 hours of service – Fiz Tomaselli
3,200 hours of service – Lila Coleman and Dominick Gredoni
2,900 hours of service – Marion Blose
2,800 hours of service – Alice Widen
1,600 hours of service – Sheila McMann
1,400 hours of service – Joan Hopkins
1,200 hours of service – Judith Gilroy and Denise Widen
1,100 hours of service – Ewing Butler
800 hours of service – Mary Tanzi, JoAnn Dwyer and Linda Martin
600 hours of service – Karen Byrne
500 hours of service – Richard St. Francis
400 hours of service – Flo Milano and Richard Nicholson
300 hours of service – Alison Abrams and Patricia McGovern
200 hours of service – Christer Dreifaldt, Bala Nair, Patti Jo Pflug, Jennifer Weintraub and Catherine Sturgess
100 hours of service – Susan Basche, Charlene and Caroline Callahan, Christine and Emma Chivily, Katie McAdams, Lauren Fusek and Brian Boursiquot
50 hours of service – Patty Severance, Lila Keating, Sharon Krishnan, Marcy McKee, Kerry Raffaele, Lester and Elaine Sharlach, Sibylle Thaler, Joan Brode, Dionna Carlson, Sarah Davidson, Mary Jane O’Grady, Susan Rosen, Gita Abhiraman and Ursula Cotta.

Recognition awards for years of service were presented to:

25 years of service – Joan Quick and Denise Widen
15 years of service – Jincie Duane, Fran Keleher and Ginny McKay
10 years of service – Linda Martin
5 years of service – Maggie Tensen, Charlene and Caroline Callahan, Christine and Emma Chivily

The awards ceremony marked the mid-point of a week-long celebration in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which was themed “Volunteers Make a World of Difference.”

“Waveny was built by the community to serve the community,” said Bill Piper, Waveny CEO. “All of you are a major support to that mission. We thank you for everything you do to make Waveny the special place it is and a jewel in the town of New Canaan.”

Volunteers help in a variety of ways throughout Waveny LifeCare 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, window painting, reception, gardening, flower arranging and intergenerational programs, which include running the General Store or playing games and cards. Volunteers also help with special projects in the dining, marketing, development and therapeutic recreation departments. Volunteer jobs are tailored to individual skills and interests, with orientation and training sessions provided on-site by Waveny LifeCare Network.  For more information about volunteering at Waveny, please contact Debbie Perron, Director of Volunteers, at 203.594.5334 or [email protected].

 Waveny LifeCare 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 The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.