The Ottawa Hospital is fortunate to be able to count on many community volunteers – 12 hundred, in fact. You can find them at all three campuses, in all areas of The Ottawa Hospital, such as the cancer centre, emergency department, intensive care unit, surgical day care, rehabilitation, and waiting areas. Volunteers are also vital to our fundraising events through our foundation.
On Tuesday, 20 hospital and foundation volunteers were recognized for their commitment to The Ottawa Hospital. The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien presented them with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
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Monica Alexis has been volunteering with The Ottawa Hospital for 25 years, supporting the backbone of the volunteer resources through her weekly shifts at La Boutique. She always arrives with a smile and a positive attitude, and her patience and dedication makes her an extraordinary mentor to new volunteers.
Kathleen Allen has been a committed volunteer with The Ottawa Hospital for 12 years, namely as the coordinator of the Roman Catholic team. As a leader of the Spiritual Care Services team, she guides them through recruitment and training, coordinates schedules and tabulates statistics, in addition to visiting with patients.
Sandra Brady has made significant contributions to The Ottawa Hospital since she began volunteering in 1998, particularly in the emergency department of the Civic Campus. A compassionate trainer and role model, she has spearheaded the Emergency Clothing Cupboard over the past 17 years, which provides essential clothing items to patients in need.
John Cardill is a creative and energetic volunteer who never fails to find ways to improve health care through broader community involvement. He helped raise millions of dollars for The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and Dermatology Centre, as well as thousands of dollars for the Irish Society of Ottawa.
Rose-Marie Fox began volunteering at The Ottawa Hospital in 1998, in the Coffee Shop at the Rehabilitation Center. A wonderfully pleasant person, she has participated in fundraising events and volunteers weekly to serve hot beverages and soup to customers.
Peter Graham has been volunteering twice a week with The Ottawa Hospital for 14 years as the United Church coordinator in the Spiritual Care department. Known for his exceptional compassion and sense of humour, he also recruits and trains new volunteers, and liaises with pastoral care leaders in the wider community.
Norm Hetherington has been an active volunteer at the Riverside Campus of The Ottawa Hospital for over 11 years. Known as half of the "Double Trouble" duo at the HELPP lottery kiosk, he provides exceptional customer service and creates a fun atmosphere through his quick wit and friendly banter.
Therese Hetherington has been volunteering as a cashier in the coffee shop at the Riverside Campus of The Ottawa Hospital since 1991. Kind and thoughtful, she brightens people’s days with her outstanding customer service, and serves as a mentor to new volunteers, encouraging them to give back to the community.
As president of the Walls and Ceilings Contractors Association golf committee, Albert Lefebvre has supported countless charities in Ottawa through a charitable golf tournament since 1983. Il est aussi entraîneur de baseball mineur, livre des paniers de Noël annuels et collecte des fonds pour appuyer la recherche et le développement dans le domaine des soins de santé à Ottawa.
James McCracken has made a difference in education and health care at both the local and national levels. He joined the board of The Ottawa Hospital in 2010, is currently chair of the provincial board of the Ontario Hospital Association, and has been involved for over a decade with such organizations as the United Way and Shepherds of Good Hope.
Paul McCarney has been tirelessly supporting The Ottawa Hospital since 2006. He rallied the construction community to help fund important projects and helped raise $1.4 million as the co-chair of the President’s Breakfast for two years. His long-time work in the community has encouraged conversations about mental health in the construction sector, and has raised awareness and funds for programming to help economically disadvantaged children.
Eileen Monkhouse joined the volunteer team at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus in 1997, donating her time twice a week in the emergency department, ICU and at the information desk. Through the Emergency Clothing Cupboard, she ensures vulnerable patients in need of clothing are discharged with appropriate essentials, free of charge.
Linda Murray began volunteering at the Riverside Campus of The Ottawa Hospital in 1999, helping with book and bake sales, and playing a key role assisting in the coffee shop. Known for her kind heart and delicious breakfast bagel, she warms the spirits of patients in need of a friendly smile.
For 28 years, Nancy Oakes has been devoted to advancing the state of cancer care, treatment and prevention in Ottawa, and has raised funds for cancer-related charities in memory of her parents. In 2013, she joined The Ottawa Hospital’s President’s Breakfast volunteer team and raised $1.4 million during her two years as co-chair of the event.
Therese Pigeon has been volunteering with The Ottawa Hospital for 19 years, providing stellar customer service once a week at La Boutique and guiding new volunteers. Her hard work and dedication have made the hospital environment a little less stressful and a little more cheerful.
For 12 years, Joe Pinto has been a committed volunteer with the Spiritual Care department at The Ottawa Hospital, where he ensures Catholic patients receive religious services. A retiree from Bell Canada, he liaises with the company to receive annual donations for hospital equipment.
Mariel St-Jean est bénévole au Campus Général de l’Hôpital d’Ottawa depuis 1989, où elle se rend une fois par semaine pour fournir son aide à La Boutique et à l’unité des soins palliatifs. Elle a aussi redonné à la communauté en tant que bénévole pour son église durant 40 ans et au Centre de services Guigues durant 30 ans.
Frank Tierney’s volunteer efforts with The Ottawa Hospital began with the campaign to raise $3.5 million to bring the Cyberknife to the Cancer Centre. He later co-chaired the effort to raise $3 million to build and equip a new dermatology centre. He has also served on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley and chaired their fundraising committee, which raised more than $500,000 for St. Patrick’s Home.
Roger Trottier began his volunteer commitment at The Ottawa Hospital in 1998; since then, he has spent time with a variety of departments and administrative committees. As a volunteer assistant to the Coffee Shop manager, he is always looking for ways to better serve customers and offer a healthy assortment of products to increase revenue.
CFL Hall of Famer and former Ottawa Rough Rider Whit Tucker has spent his life quietly giving back to his community, whether through awards to varsity sport undergraduates or through his own philanthropy and volunteerism. His support for The Ottawa Hospital dates back to the 1990s and continues through to his work as co-chair of the campaign to build a new dermatology centre.