Volunteer of the Year 2017 named

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 Mary Taylor.
Volunteer of the Year, Mary Taylor (second from left) is joined by (l-r) Laura Hutchings, Director Volunteer Services, Marianne Walker, GGH President and CEO and last year's winner, Eleanor Harrison.
Mary has been a volunteer at GGH since the fall of 1991 and to date has over 1,900 recorded volunteer hours. Mary previously volunteered in the coffee shop and she spent many years as a buyer for the Courtyard Boutique. Currently Mary volunteers in the Courtyard Boutique twice a month. She is also a top ticket seller for the Volunteer Association’s Annual Card Party Fundraiser. 
The Guelph General Hospital Volunteer Association goes back over 119 years and is constantly expanding. Currently, it has over 275 volunteers who provide support for 14 services throughout the hospital. Its volunteers contribute in excess of 17,500 hours of service each year.
The majority of the money the association raises is through the Courtyard Boutique, HELPP Lottery and Vendor program with proceeds going back to the hospital to purchase patient equipment.
Did you know, the Volunteer Association:
  • Provides Angel Pins for each patient upon completion of their Chemotherapy Treatment
  • Provides afghans for patients in many areas of the hospital (i.e. chemotherapy, palliative, dialysis etc.).
  • Donated $40,000 in 2016 to the Foundation to purchase an Air Glider Transfer System for bariatric patients in the ED, a Digital Visual Activity Tester and Procedure Light for Ambulatory Care and a Specialized Wound Therapy Machine for Surgery
  • Has donated over $1.4 million to the Foundation.
  • Gives a $500 bursary to the 4th year Nursing Student from McMaster/Conestoga College from Guelph Wellington with the highest Grade point average.
“Thank you to all of our volunteers for their dedication and contribution to GGH over the past year!” says Laura Hutchings, Director of Volunteer Services.“We couldn’t do it without you!”