In 1994, the Hospice Association of Ontario established the June Callwood Award for Distinction to honour hospice volunteers. The award was named for the late June Callwood, volunteer, founder of Casey House Hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada. June was the first recipient of this award in 1995 and since then, more than 375 inductees have received this award.
Thelma works tirelessly demonstrating commitment and dedication in supporting clients and families in situations of acute illness, dying and in their grieving. Thelma’s strength is her peacefulness and joyful smile as she greets each client and family. Thelma takes on a client and visits several times a week, making a huge difference to their life.
“Volunteers are an essential element to the delivery of our hospice services within Northumberland County.”, said Trish Baird, Executive Director of Community Care Northumberland. “It is an honour to congratulate Thelma Cook for her outstanding volunteer efforts and her passion for the Hospice programs in our region.”
June Callwood Award winners join a circle of distinguished volunteers in the province.
Each inductee must be:
- a volunteer of a Hospice Association of Ontario member in good standing
- must demonstrate that they give of themselves, their time, their skills, their resources and their passion
- must excel as a volunteer by consistently extending themselves beyond the usual requirements of their volunteer role
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