Wilson recognized for hospice voluntarism

May 16 • Feature Story, LifeNo Comments on Wilson recognized for hospice voluntarism

Pictured are past June Callwood award winners Kathleen Moderwell, left, and Lyn Rush presenting Jennifer Wilson with her June Callwood pin.

Pictured are past June Callwood award winners Kathleen Moderwell, left, and Lyn Rush presenting Jennifer Wilson with her June Callwood pin.

Chatham-Kent Hospice board chair Jennifer Wilson was recently recognized for her volunteer involvement by being awarded the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism at the 2017 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Annual Conference.

Wilson became involved in 2011 as a member of the C-K Residential Hospice Leadership Group that initiated the residential hospice project for our community.

In 2013, Wilson became the organization’s first board chair, a position she still holds.

Wilson has shown her dedication to the hospice and the community by generously giving countless hours as well as sharing her strong leadership skills and experience.

“I welcome this award as a representative of all the hospice volunteers who put their heart and soul into the very difficult and meaningful work of helping people at their most vulnerable time of life,” she said of the recognition.

The June Callwood Award was established in 1994 to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. The award was named in honour of the late June Callwood who was a long-time advocate of hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada.

The Chatham-Kent Hospice is a 10-bed residential facility that offers care for residents facing end of life and support for their loved ones. The hospice provides comfort, support and specialized pain and symptom management in a home-like setting.

Around-the-clock care is provided by dedicated physicians, nurses, personal support workers and volunteers.

Since opening in April 2016, Chatham-Kent Hospice has served over 233 families. In order to offer these services at no cost to residents or their families, Chatham-Kent Hospice relies on donations from our community. Support is received through direct donations, memorial donations and other fundraising revenue.

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