WDMH’s dedicated student volunteers


Media Release

Three young volunteers have combined to contribute 385 hours of service at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) in 2011. 

Heather Shantz, Cassandra Effenberger, and Michelle Scott greatly exceeded the provincially mandated high school requirement of 40 hours of volunteer service in varying volunteer roles throughout the hospital. For their outstanding commitment, they each received a personal letter of recognition from Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO.

“Volunteers are essential to our hospital and without volunteers, we would be much less than we are now. Volunteers provide services well beyond patient care and enrich the experience of everyone who comes through our doors. Student volunteers provide such great service and become part of a much larger circle of healthcare,” said Cholly Boland.

“Student volunteers play an integral role in the lifecycle of learners at WDMH,” adds Alan Archer, chief liaison officer for Volunteer Services. “Our hope is to engage students in volunteering and show them the opportunities in health care. As they progress through their education, they return to us for co-op and work placements, and hopefully as future nurses, technicians, doctors, information technology specialists, and administrators.”

In all, 22 students volunteering at WDMH contributed more than 1300 hours of service at the Information desk, in the Gift Shoppe, in Surgical Daycare, and at special events like the Fall Bazaar and the Carkinator Car Rally. 

We are privileged to have such dedicated youth in the community supporting our organization.

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