Benalla Health is celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Day, which forms part of National Volunteer Week, with morning tea on Thursday 23 May.
This year’s theme is Making a World of Difference, and the volunteers will be honoured at 10.30am in the Michael Long Education Centre.
Guest speaker is Rural City of Benalla Mayor, Cr Scott Upston.
Certificates and badges will be presented by Benalla Health Board Chair Louise Armstrong and Chief Executive Officer Janine Holland.
Long-standing volunteers Marg Alley and Al Heffron will be presented with 10-year service badges, and Laurie Melgaard with a 15-year service badge.
Long-serving volunteers Julia O’Brien (21 years) and Dorothy Meagher (28 years) will also be recognised.
Ms Holland said Benalla Health volunteers give their time in supporting clients in palliative care, acute ward, day activities, day procedure and aged care.
“We proudly acknowledge the social, economic and cultural contributions that our volunteers make in allowing our service to run so efficiently,” Ms Holland said.
Volunteering plays a vital role in the development of social cohesion and social connection, both of which help alleviate loneliness, and we have often received praise from our patients and clients about the quality contribution our volunteers make.”
To inquire about how to become a volunteer at Benalla Health, phone Rosemary Teasdale on (03) 5761 4374.