Volunteer week celebrated in Okanagan

Abbeyfield House recognizes close to 50 years of combined service

The directors of Abbeyfield House’s society in Vernon recognize the important role that volunteers play in the lives of their residents. Volunteers help with social programs, special events, and daily operational tasks and provide assistance to staff. They also comprise the volunteer management board.

The Abbeyfield board wants to highlight four of their long-term volunteers who have generously donated their time and energy for a combined total of 47 years.

See also: Vernon Abbeyfield House receives donation after flooding

Virginia Dansereau has volunteered for 15 years reading weekly to residents, playing cribbage and cards in the early years, and running a brain gym class more recently.

Norman Slingsby initiated movie night 10 years ago and still manages that social gathering.

This year is Will McAllister’s 10th year as volunteer gardener looking after the vegetable patch growing fresh produce which contributes to the healthy home style meals the residents love.

See: Vernon Abbeyfield House offers first gardening workshop

Margaret Naylor has been a director on the volunteer board of Abbeyfield for 13 years and for most of those years has held the position of secretary. She also volunteers her time to play cribbage with residents regularly and assists with special events.

There are at least six other long-term volunteers who have contributed over five years each to Abbeyfield House, and many more who have have given us occasional help for several years and whom we rely on for entertainment, social connections with residents, and for our annual special events and fundraisers.

“Without the help of Virginia, Will, Norman and Margaret, and all of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer our residents the social programs that we do, or the opportunity to enjoy our lovely garden area, or to hold our special events. These volunteers become a part of our Abbeyfield family, a close and familiar friend, and make such a difference to the daily lives of our residents. We can’t thank them enough,” says Board President Judy Maile. “We will be holding a volunteer appreciation tea at the house for all of our volunteers in the afternoon of Tuesday, April 16.”

Judy Maile


@VernonNews
letters@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Penticton adventure park hosting Easter Fun Day and Egg Hunt

LocoLanding Adventure Park is hosting the ninth annual Easter Fun Day and Egg Hunt Monday.

Landlord of alleged Penticton shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Summerland reservoirs expected to fill, despite low snow levels

Snow measurements at two Summerland sites have been significantly lower than normal

VIDEO: Weekend weather for the Okanagan-Shuswap

A mix of rain, clouds and sun are expected for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen

Big Changes to Kelowna’s Fat Cat

“We wanted to revitalize the event”

Video: Penticton unites for candlelight vigil honouring shooting victims

Hundreds gathered to support the grieving family & friends of the victims from the April 15 shooting

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Give Canada geese at Okanagan beaches a break

LETTER: Tour busses, full of photographers, local goose guides and an annual goose festival

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

B.C. RCMP arrest foreign national in connection to airport thefts

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Snow falling at Big White near season’s end

Big White is open until April 22

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Funds presented for Growing Woman’s Health Campaign

Summerland Shoppers Drug Mart presents cheque for event held last autumn

Most Read