Every year, Hospice Renfrew is asked to submit a nominee for the Ontario Outstanding Volunteer June Callwood Award . It is never easy to single out one volunteer. This year, Hospice Renfrew nominated Donna Carroll for 2020 June Callwood Award. She is a very active volunteer in our Resident and Family Support team.

Donna rarely misses her volunteer shift and often stays longer than her expected time to ensure not only the residents are looked after, but to take care of extra duties when our nursing staff gets busy.  Her compassion towards every resident is very clear, from simply taking time to read a book or to sit with a resident that was in need with her kind and gentle ways.  She has a calmness and a special way with each resident. Donna also helps with our Hike for Hospice and helps with our Celebration of Life. Hospice is blessed to have Donna with us.

When we asked Donna why she volunteers here at Hospice Renfrew, she says, “I volunteer because my mom was a resident in 2012, since then I wanted to donate my time to help hospice and the community.” Donna joined our team of volunteers back in 2013. Thank you to Donna and all our volunteers who continue to serve with a big heart and go above and beyond.