Ontario Shores Celebrates 45 Years of Volunteerism

May 26, 2011
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Patricia Freeborn, President, Volunteer Association; The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Dr. Eric Fonberg, Chair of the Board of Directors at Ontario Shores; Her Honour Ruth Ann Onley; Liz Onley-Wiseman, Manager, Volunteer Services; Glenna Raymond, President and CEO; Susan Nakhle, Director, Communications and Public Affairs.

On May 10, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) hosted a celebration to recognize the Volunteer Association’s 45th anniversary. 

More than 100 volunteers attended the event, and were welcomed by special guest The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. His Honour thanked all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the past 45 years and presented the awards for Volunteer and Student Volunteer of the year.

“Without volunteers, the institutions we take for granted, including hospitals, cultural centres, sports leagues, theatre groups, the arts would be reduced. The quality of life we enjoy simply wouldn’t exist,” says His Honour. “In the case of Ontario Shores, volunteers ease the way for patients within the hospital and act as ambassadors for greater acceptance and understanding of mental illness. As volunteers, you are making an enormous difference, and I applaud you for your dedication to raising awareness of mental health.”

Ontario Shores is proud to host more than 150 volunteers who donated more than 10,400 hours in 2010. Through their selfless contributions, our volunteers enable the hospital to provide patients with programs and services including a Drop-In Centre, Spiritual Care, Pet Visitation, an education program and more. Volunteers also provide additional opportunities for patients to work in different areas of the hospital including a gift shop and clothing shop where they can learn important skills and build meaningful friendships.

“This celebration is a time for us to pause and reflect on the dedication and support of our volunteers,” says Glenna Raymond, President and CEO at Ontario Shores. “It is truly remarkable that the extraordinary gift of time has provided our patients with 45 years of kindness, caring and support.”

The Volunteer Association began in 1966, and raises funds to enhance treatment programs in the hospital and the community. Volunteers at Ontario Shores provide a vital community link for patients. They inspire hope, enhance patient self-esteem, help eliminate stigma, and improve the quality of life for patients by sharing their time, knowledge and generous hearts.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001