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Volunteer of the Year 2015 named

April 21 – At its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon to mark National Volunteer Week, Guelph General Hospital named its Mary Hales “Volunteer of the Year.”
This year’s winner was Ruth Thatcher.

 Ruth was named “volunteer of the year.” Celebrating with her at the event were (L-r) Dianne Steinke, President of the Volunteer Association, Ruth Thatcher, Marianne Walker, President and CEO Guelph General Hospital and Suzanne Bone, CEO the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital.

Ruth began her commitment as a candy striper during her teen years and then returned as an adult volunteer in 1968. During her 47 years at Guelph General Hospital Ruth has held a number of positions, some of which have included volunteering for an Art Show, Card Parties, Tea Convener, Fashion Show, Penny Table Sales, and Black Tie Bingo.

Ruth was a board member with The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital as well as the Volunteer Association of Guelph General Hospital.

She has volunteered in the day surgery department and is currently a volunteer in the Courtyard Boutique.

The Guelph General Hospital Volunteer Association has over 240 volunteers who provide support for 20 services throughout the hospital. Its volunteers contribute in excess of 20,000 hours of service each year.