Every year at this time, Hospice Renfrew is asked to submit a nominee for the Ontario Outstanding Volunteer June Callwood Award, handed out through Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. It is never easy to single out one volunteer.

This year, Pat Debenham has been nominated for her ‘above and beyond’ volunteerism at the hospice. Debenham received her award at the 2018 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference in Toronto in April.

This award is given to an individual who consistently extends themselves beyond the usual requirements of the volunteer role.

“I want to see hospice succeed and be part of that success,” said Debenham, who joined Hospice Renfrew in 2008.

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we know that Debenham’s commitment, care and compassion has helped us to succeed. Not only does Debenham volunteer on the front lines to support residents and families, she also is a member of our reception team and works tirelessly in our community as a hospice ambassador.

Debenham has made a positive difference in our community to educate and promote hospice care at numerous events. Whether leading a hospice parade float in chilling temperatures, selling tickets, feeding an army of card players to help us fundraise or dancing with schoolchildren to promote our Hike for Hospice, she gives it her all and inspires our team to reach a little higher!

Hospice Renfrew is a six-bed facility that serves all of Renfrew County with all programs and services free of charge.