Trillium celebrates International Year of Volunteers + 10
International Year of Volunteers+10 (IYV+10) is a United Nations designation that was last given in 2001. Ten years later, volunteering around the world has taken on new meaning and value.
Trillium Health Centre is excited to showcase its support for our volunteers inside and outside of Trillium. Staff, physicians and our own volunteer force are part of the global community who are giving back.
The Volunteer Resources Department and IYV+10 Committee which includes Honorary Chair Janet Davidson, President & CEO (click here to read Janet’s message), are excited to offer the following events to celebrate volunteerism at Trillium:
Wear Your Heart, February 14 – 18
In support of volunteerism and to kick of Trillium’s initiatives for IYV+10, Wear Your Heart launched on February 14 with her worship Mayor Hazel McCallion. IYV+10 heart pins were available by donation with proceeds going to the I Heart Hazel fund. It was a wonderful way to begin celebrating this momentous year! (Read about our successful event here)
Pins are available through the Volunteer Resources Department for a minimum donation of $2. Contact the office at 905-848-7276 if you are interested in wearing your heart in support of IYV+10!
National Volunteer Week April 10 – 16
In recognition of all the Canadians who give of their time and talent throughout the year, National Volunteer Week celebrates volunteers’ dedication and commitment to a variety of causes. The theme for this week is Volunteers: Passion. Action Impact. Throughout the week Trillium staff provided informal and formal thank-yous to their volunteers as well the Volunteer Resources office provided daily refreshments.
An Evening at the Living Arts Centre, April 13
Our annual recognition event for Trillium’s volunteers – this year the volunteers enjoyed An Evening at the Living Arts Centre with a reception and cabaret style entertainment. It was a big hit for everyone in attendance! (Click on the images below to see pics of the evening)
Fun Day with the Blue Jays – August 11, 2011
Trillium Volunteer Resources was able to provide 130 high school students with summer placements for 2011, 115 of those being new students. The students volunteered as friendly visitors, Silver Spoon feeders, and in Hospitality. We were able to offer 15 additional placements compared to last year making this summer student program another great success!
To thank the students for their hard work we had a Fun Day with the Blue Jays on August 11 in place of the annual summer barbecue. As it is International Year of the Volunteer+10 we wanted to provide a recognition event that was fun and unique. More than 40 students were able to join us for a summer afternoon at the ball park. This recognition event was sponsored by the Volunteers of Trillium Health Centre Board.
Voktoberfest Celebration Honours Trillium Volunteers – October 20, 2011
Prosit! On October 20, the auditorium at Trillium Health Centre – Mississauga was transformed into an authentic Germania Haus, in the spirit of Voktoberfest. This was an original event, a first for Trillium. The event culminated a year of celebration in honour of International Year of Volunteers +10, a United Nations designation for 2011. Approximately 400 volunteers and staff enjoyed a taste of Bavaria, including sausage, sweet apple cider and strudel.
Patti Cochrane, Vice President, Patient Relations and Quality and Susan Bisaillon, Executive Director, Clinical Operations, along with Onkle Hans, the mascot of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest kicked off the event with a traditional keg tapping ceremony. Volunteers and staff took to the floor to do the chicken dance and polka.
"Voktoberfest was a wonderful and unique event, and a true celebration of our volunteers,” says Patti Cochrane. “The volunteers do so much for us, each and every day. The Voktoberfest celebration was our way of recognizing and honouring this special group of people.”
The event was hosted by Volunteer Resources, IYV+10 Committee, and Volunteers of Trillium Health Centre Board with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.
Thank you to all the staff who came out and celebrated our volunteers in Bavarian style.
Trillium’s Celebration of IYV+10 a Memorable Experience
Trillium Health Centre has stood out amongst Canadian hospitals for the unique and inclusive recognition of it’s 1000 volunteers during this special International Year of Volunteers+10 (IYV+10). The United Nations designation was in honour of the ten years that have passed since the first IYV+10 was declared.
As the memorable year comes to a close, we remember the IYV+10 kick off with the Wear Your Heart event on February 14, which included special guest Hazel McCallion, to the jazz entertainment at the Living Arts Centre for National Volunteer Week in April to the highly popular Voktoberfest on October 20. Volunteer Resources and the IYV+10 Committee set the tone from the beginning for Trillium to bring greater awareness to the impact volunteers make with their service to patients and the support they provide to staff.
The highlights from the year were showcased at a wrap up celebration on December 5, the International Day of Volunteering, at Trillium-Mississauga.
“We wanted to reward our volunteers for everything they do by recognizing them for their efforts and engaging staff in the celebrations,” says Lisete Figueiredo, Manager, Volunteer Resources. “I’m happy to say International Year of Volunteers+10 has been a great success for Volunteer Resources and the IYV+10 Committee.”
Trillium's Volunteer Resources department presents a cheque to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation for $1100 at the International Year of the Volunteer +10 wrap up celebration. The funds will support the Hazel McCallion Centre for Heart Health and were raised through the Wear Your Heart pin sales in honour of IYV+10)
IYV+10 Events in the News
- Mississauga News Story: Wear Your Heart, February 14: Mayor lauds Trillium volunteers
- CFTO Story Celebrating Trillium volunteers during National Volunteer Week
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- CP24 Wear Your Heart Story
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- Rogers Cable Interview with volunteer Paula Rosowicz and Trillium Volunteer Resources staff member Barb Smeltzer. (WMV 17.8 MB)