The Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) held their annual volunteer appreciation event on April 14th at the Lloydminster Legacy Centre.
There were over 120 volunteers and Prairie North staff in attendance to celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and to recognize the hard work and dedication of the volunteers over this past year.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to recognize the contributions our volunteers have made and a great way for them to meet with staff and other volunteers, to talk about their own volunteer experiences,” said Sarah Kettle, co-ordinator of volunteer services for Lloydminster and area.
Darlene Kingwell, manager of volunteer and spiritual services for PNHR, said volunteers are important to the organization because they act as ambassadors to the community and perform jobs that they wouldn’t have anyone else to do.
“They enhance the services of professionals,” Kingwell said. “They are responsible for Meals on Wheels programs, the greeter program. So they’re very important in all aspects.”
The volunteer appreciation event had a variety of guest speakers, including Mayor Rob Saunders, Bonny O’Grady, board chair for PNHR, Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young and some closing remarks offered by Derek Miller, VP of finance for PNHR.
Entertainment was also provided by concert pianist Sydnie Bourassa and the Malanka Dancers.
“I think it’s important for us to come together because the impact, because people can appreciate each other by getting together. They share a common cause,” said Kingwell.
“They motivate others to get involved and it’s like smiling in the dark. You may know what you’re doing but no one else does. At the end of the night when you see how happy everyone is to get together and how pleased they are with the situation, you feel motivated too and enthusiastic, so it’s there to bring us all up.”
The health region has various volunteer opportunities available for anyone who is interested in helping out.
“There are volunteer opportunities available to suit most people’s needs and time commitments,” said Kettle. “Whether you are interested in volunteering for a few hours each month, or a shift once a week for a program, you can have a meaningful volunteer experience.”
For more information on being a volunteer with the Prairie North Health Region, please visit www.pnrha.ca and search volunteer opportunities, or contact Kettle at 306-820-6204.