The Ottawa Hospital volunteers honoured with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers


April 26, OTTAWA, ON – As part of National Volunteer Week, dedicated volunteers were recognized for their invaluable support of The Ottawa Hospital.

The Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin presided over a ceremony this afternoon which highlighted the work of these 20 individuals who are either volunteers at The Ottawa Hospital, or volunteer their time and efforts for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation in the community:


-Greg Moore

-Claude Desrosiers


-Judy Filotas


-Olive Newman


-Gary Zed


-George Gaty


-Denise Germain


-Rachele Quenneville


-Steve West


-Don Ferne 


-Gisela Grenier


-Liette St-Cyr


-Judi Ferne 


-Whitney Fox


-Victoria Halle


-Ghislaine Tessier


-Louise Brunet


-Cecile Dupuis


-Gail Jones


-Dianne Paquette


Their dedication to The Ottawa Hospital was recognized as well by Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital and Tim Kluke, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Tim Kluke acknowledged the importance of the role of volunteers at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. “Whether it’s sitting on our board, being a member of a committee or being one of the hundreds of volunteers who help at events supporting our hospital, our volunteers make the difference. Their dedication and their passion for helping to make The Ottawa Hospital the best health care provider in eastern Ontario isn’t lost on us.”

During a separate ceremony on Tuesday, in honour of the Riverside Auxiliary Board’s 50th Anniversary, the entire Board was honoured with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. This special presentation recognized 18 board members and longtime volunteers, some who have been active since its inception. The luncheon took place at the Riverside Campus, and was officiated by Dr. Jack Kitts and members of The Ottawa Hospital’s senior management.

Congratulations to all those who were recognized.

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. For more information about The Ottawa Hospital visit

Media Contact: Shelley McLean, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation;; 613-798-5555 x 19816; 613-324-4466 (cell)