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Waveny Celebrates the Generosity of its Hundreds of Volunteers

Waveny Celebrates the Generosity of its Hundreds of Volunteers

Posted on April 27, 2016

Waveny LifeCare Network recognized its many volunteers for their unique contributions of time and talent throughout the Network, including Waveny Care Center, The Village at Waveny, the Adult Day Program and The Inn

More than 200 volunteers gathered together on ‘Main Street’ at The Village in celebration and recognition of their service to Waveny throughout the year. “The gifts of time and talent you give so freely enrich the lives of everyone we serve,” said Rebecca Albrecht, Director of Human Resources for Waveny. “Thank you for being a part of Waveny’s past, present and future.”   

Nearly 80 active Waveny volunteers were recognized for service-hour milestones ranging from 50 to 5,700 hours. In addition to recognizing hours of service, 13 loyal volunteers received awards commemorating their anniversaries of 5, 10, 20, 25, and 30 years of service at Waveny. 

Specially recognized for their volunteer service in beautifying Waveny were the New Canaan Garden Club, the Beautification League, The Gardeners, the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), the Tuesday Ladies, New Canaan Florist and the Stamford Garden Club.

“Forty-one years ago, some of you here tonight began a personal journey volunteering with Waveny that continues to this day,” said Debbie Perron, Waveny’s Director of Volunteers. “Our strength comes from our shared mission to champion quality of life for all whom we serve.” Over 500 individual volunteers collectively contribute approximately 15,000 hours of service to Waveny annually, with over 200 new volunteers joining Waveny each year.

Following additional words of thanks from Todd Lampert, Chairman of the Board, and Bill Piper, CEO, awards were presented to the following volunteers for their outstanding service-hour milestones:

  • 5,700 hours of service – Catherine Hollstein
  • 5,300 hours of service – Janecke Madsen
  • 4,000 hours of service – Fiz Tomaselli
  • 3,400 hours of service – Dominick Gredoni 
  • 3,300 hours of service – Lila Coleman
  • 2,000 hours of service – Barbara Olsen  
  • 1,600 hours of service – Chris Snell
  • 1,500 hours of service – Ruth Johnson
  • 1,400 hours of service – Judy Gilroy
  • 1,300 hours of service – Denise Widen
  • 900 hours of service – Jo Ann Dwyer and Linda Martin  
  • 800 hours of service – Karen Byrne
  • 500 hours of service – Nancy Harding, Eric Johnson, Pat McGovern, Flo Milano, Richard Nicholson and Cynthia Wright  
  • 400 hours of service – Chris Dreifaldt and Laura Tensen
  • 300 hours of service – Joe Bodak, Judy Gemza, Caroline Montalvo, Bala Nair, Marlee Ready and Catharine Sturgess   
  • 200 hours of service – Megan Archino, Sarah Davidson, Larry Kenney, Kate Regan, Susan Rosen, Rebecca Serven, Elaine & Lester Sharlach, Pat Wood and Ana Yoc                
  • 100 hours of service – Joan Brode, Martha Castillo, Allison Clark, Patty DiCostanzo, Mille Gangi, Lynn Hohl, Raimi Jones, Fran McAleer, Allia Nolan, Alex Orteig, Kerry Raffaele, Philip Restifo and Ron Zitani; and student interns Trevor LaVecchia, Gabriella Pucci, Natalie Shindler, Melanie Turner and Mathew Gromisch 
  • 50 hours of service –   Guilherme Barata, Margo Bogdansky, Harriet Bonner, Abigail Butcher, Marcia Chludzinski, Nancy Colson, Margie Doran, Sister Green, Carlos Hernandez, Tyler Innes, Sister Johnson, Elder Judd, Jiacheng Peter Lui, Juliana Melo, Meghan Muldowney, Justin Nash, Kim Ribeiro, Natalia Sacristan Romero, Camryn Schlim, Elder Schmidt, Sammie Smalick, Bjorn Swarting, Nathiya Vasanthakumaran and Maria Yee

Recognition awards for years of service were presented to:

  • 30 years of service – Joan Hopkins
  • 25 years of service – Elisheva Kilner
  • 20 years of service – Sara Smith
  • 10 years of service – Jo Ann Dyer, Eric Johnson, Justine Macurdy, Sue Scutt and Chris Snell
  • 5 years of service – Lavora D’Acosta, Chris Dreifaldt, Judy Gemza, Pat McGovern and Rita Stone

The event marked the mid-point of a week-long celebration in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which was themed Volunteers: Giving Time, Touching Hearts. “Waveny was built by the community to serve the community,” said Bill Piper, Waveny CEO. “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 and Junior Volunteers help in a variety of ways throughout Waveny LifeCare Network’s continuum of care. Volunteer roles are tailored to individual skills and interests, with orientation and training sessions provided on-site at Waveny. In addition to providing one-on-one attention, they assist with activities for Waveny’s residents, patients and participants by helping with social hour, afternoon tea, window painting, reception, gardening, flower arranging and leading intergenerational programs, which include running the General Store or playing games and cards. Volunteers also help with special projects in the dining, administrative, development and therapeutic recreation departments. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Waveny, please contact Debbie Perron, Director of Volunteers, at 203.594.5334.

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, Waveny at Home, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, Geriatric Care Management, 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 more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1.

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