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Bingo’d and flamingo’d: Dryden Regional Health Centre lauds dedicated volunteers and fundraisers

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Dryden Regional Health Centre Physician Recruitment Coordinator Chuck Schmitt speaks to a room of volunteers and community fundraisers who the organization wished to thank for their service in 2014 and beyond. From everyday volunteers in the hospital to those behind major fundraising campaigns that benefitted both DRHC’s Room Renovation Project and the Oncology Ward, the organization extended its sincere thanks. Photo by Samantha Hawkins

By Samantha Hawkins

It was a night of celebration as the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) board and staff proudly acknowledged the hard work and dedication put forth by their many volunteers at The Centre, Oct. 2.

DRHC?CEO and Board Secretary Wade Petranik began the evening with a brief history of the health centre and its transition into its current location, underlining the importance the hospital plays in the lives of local citizens from birth, to death and every ailment in between.

“This past year was a year we can be very proud of. A strong local health care system is critical to the future success of our community and our region. We came together as a community in spite of significant economic challenges for our city and our local business, through the hard work of many of you (volunteers) we continue to build a strong local health system. One that is able to attract talented health professionals and equip them with the best equipment and facilities to deliver quality care as close to home as possible.”

Physician Recruitment Coordinator, Chuck Schmitt highlighted some of the events that have helped to bring in the many donations that contributed greatly to the quality of care the Health Centre was able to provide, donations that he says filled him with an incredible amount of pride, amazement and respect.

“Over the past year, we’ve bingo’d, flamingo’d, we’ve dressed up and danced our faces off, cut our hair, played some hockey, we’ve sang, we’ve golfed, bought tickets on boats and bikes and calendars, we’ve attended some live and rather risqué theatre here, Calendar Girls, which was awesome and that’s just to name a few, but for all of you volunteers, it’s about everyone else and that’s the beautiful thing about giving and when you do it the right way, you create something especially wonderful and lasting, you inspire people, you show the best that Dryden has to offer, you make meaningful contributions to the lives of the patients that we serve and we cannot thank you enough.”

One thing was clear throughout the evening, the best possible patient experience comes from the selfless giving of the Health Centre’s many volunteers. Vonnie Kline came all the way from Ottawa to illustrate the importance of Dryden’s many volunteers giving a speech that stirred emotions and brought sighs of gratitude.

“Because of you a child knows smiles and laughter, a house becomes a home a neighbourhood is safe. If not for you what would your community or hospital look like. You embody the values of this hospital, you accept people as they are, you accept responsibility, maintain patient confidentiality, you uphold the vision of this health centre. To the world you might be just one person, but to one person, you just might be the world.”

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