"The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy." 

Kalu Kalu

Volunteer Stories

Being a Volunteer with MV Hospice Palliative Care is one the most rewarding experiences in my life. Visiting with patients and their families is a constant reminder to live my life in a state of gratitude and it has taught me to be humble. Sitting with families as loved ones take their last breaths is for me, a privilege. The privilege of sharing this intimate journey with patients and their families. Just the presence of a Hospice Volunteer can bring comfort, relief and a fresh perspective to patients and their families. If you or someone you know, is considering Hospice Volunteering...just go for it. Talk to Karen Wagner (Hospice Coordinator), and begin the training program. Karen has years of experience and is absolutely awesome at what she does. With Karen's guidance, you can decide during your training what would be a good fit for you. If direct patient care is not your thing, there are so many other ways to contribute. We need Volunteers for snow plowing, garbage runs, cooking, cleaning, shopping, driving to appointments, administration, fundraising...anything you have to offer is always appreciated. Making a difference in someone's life is very fulfilling, and it can also bring purpose to your own life.

Sharon Gardiner
MV Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer

"Reflecting on my time and experiences with MV Hospice, I just realized that one of the things that I most enjoy about my time with our patients is -- I don't need to make a decision about anything -- we just "do" in the "now."
It's like a dance - and the patient leads. This makes the situation so simple and uncomplicated.
To date, I've been exposed to the most wonderful people - our patients have shown their strength, humour, and caring and have helped me so much to help them. During my time with patients at the hospital and Valley Manor, I've been exposed to such wonderful nursing staff and after each visit, I have left with a feeling that I've learned something new and done something to ease someone's burden. And I've learned so much from the families of our patients. I hope I continue to gather these heart-warming benefits from my hospice experiences - I am blessed."

Bev Swrjeski
MV Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer

Dorothy Hannah
MV Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer