Last week, in celebration of National Volunteer Week, we hosted our Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner. Each year, we use this time to acknowledge the vital contribution of our volunteers in making St. Pat’s the warm, caring and vibrant community that it is. The volunteers of St. Patrick’s Home contributed almost 15,000 hours in 2018 to enhance resident and Home life. This dedicated group supports recreation programs and special events, assists with music and dance circles, porters residents to mass, the hair salon and other activities, makes social visits and pet visits, provides pastoral and palliative care support to residents and families, and so much more.

Volunteers receiving recognition and service awards, along with their guests, enjoyed an evening of fine dining and celebration. We recognized long time volunteer Pauline Ralph for her 7000 hours of volunteer service at St. Pat’s. Ten of our committed volunteers also received the Ottawa South Volunteer Recognition Initiative Award while six others were recognized for their five to twenty years of service with the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Congratulations and a special thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!