Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Celebrates National Volunteer Week April 24 - 28, 2017

CHATHAM-KENT: April 24, 2017 – In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is proudly recognizing the exceptional work done by the organization’s 300-plus volunteers. During the week, CKHA volunteers will be recognized with thank yous, treats and draws for prizes. The organization’s social media channels will also feature profiles of select volunteers to showcase their roles within the hospital and what they’ve learned from their experiences. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity for volunteers to network with peers and engage the community on the importance of volunteering.
“I am honoured to recognize the ongoing contributions of our caring and compassionate volunteers who provide a helping hand to not only our patients, their families and visitors but also to our staff and physicians on a daily basis,” said Kathryn Kielstra, CKHA’s Volunteer Resource Specialist. “CKHA benefits from these talented individuals who dedicate their skills and time to making us a truly exceptional community hospital.”
 (Left to right): Mary Wieringa (10 years), June Schmitchen (20 years), Dorothy Arner (25 years), and Ruth Sereda (30 years). Not pictured: Lucy Wynsma (5 years) and Doris Bozh (15 years).
On March 16, 2017, six CKHA In-service volunteers were awarded Ontario Service Awards at a ceremony held at the Capitol Theatre in Chatham. These awards (certificates and pins) are bestowed by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade annually to recognize years of service. CKHA recipients are: Mary Wieringa (10 years), June Schmitchen (20 years), Dorothy Arner (25 years), Ruth Sereda (30 years), Lucy Wynsma (5 years) and Doris Bozh (15 years).
Current volunteer opportunities at CKHA’s Chatham Campus exist in the Emergency Department, Patient Advisors, Information Desk and Boutique Grand Gift Shop.  Volunteers are needed at the Sydenham Campus at the Information Desk and Serendipity Gift Shop.  Youth 15 years and older are encouraged to apply online for summer placements in the Youth Volunteer Program at
To view CKHA’s volunteer profiles during the week of April 24-28, visit: and
For more information, please contact:
Kathryn Kielstra, Volunteer Resource Specialist
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
519.352.6401 x 6485 

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