On Saturday, January 16, The Health Foundation held a brunch to say thank you to the volunteers who keep the Gift Shoppe in the Regional Hospital open week after week. “I think most people don’t realize that the Gift Shoppe is staffed entirely by volunteers,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation.
“We hold a thank you brunch every year to say thank you to our volunteers, who dedicate their time working a three of four hour shift each week at the Gift Shoppe. The Gift Shoppe is open 80 hours a week, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are 36 Gift Shoppe volunteers.
"This year we decided to recognize the 13 volunteers who have volunteered for 10 or more years at the Gift Shoppe. Each of the volunteers were presented with a framed print as a token of our appreciation for all the work they do keeping the Gift Shoppe open for the staff, visitors and patients,” continued Mr. Fisher.
In the picture above are, from the left, front row: Danny Heska, Ruth Vaughan, Elsie Elsasser, Gerry Peppler, Shirley Dawson and Nadine Mihaychuk; back row: Ross Fisher, Kay Fransishyn, Olga Pozniak, Marge Montain, Victoria Roseborsky, Anne Doroschuk and Debbie Blommaert. Missing are Marjory Antony and Alice Gorlick.
The Health Foundation has been managing the Gift Shoppe in the hospital since 1997. Volunteers are always needed to help us keep the Gift Shoppe open, if you would like to volunteer please contact Debbie Blommaert at The Health Foundation, 306-786-0506.