P & D Hospice Society ~ National Volunteer Week April 18 – 24, 2021

Posted: May 1, 2021


On behalf of the Penticton & District Hospice Society, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the work of our volunteers – what they do and what they mean to us.

Many of our volunteers have been with our society for decades. The purpose of the meaningful work that they do is to help improve the quality of life for those on the palliative program and their loved ones during the most difficult time of their lives. The wide range of duties performed include pet therapy, visitation, helping with meal service, quilt making, massage, gardening, sewing unique gowns for our residents, attaching plaques in our memorial garden and holding vigil – being with someone who does not have family so that they do not die alone. The commonality amongst all of our volunteers is empathy and compassion. Whether their work is hands on and sharing in the intimate journey of our residents or those on the palliative program in our community, or assisting the amazing staff at Hospice House, they care; and for that, we are eternally grateful. Thank you, Hospice Volunteers; we see you, we appreciate you, and we honour you! We are looking forward to the resumption of your very valuable work.

Ruth Sawyer, Chair