Volunteer Resources Manager, Lynn Gray of Red Deer explained that 1,300 local volunteer hours were donated last year at the annual Three Hills Alberta Health Services volunteer appreciation lunch held on Mon. April 8.
Three Hills hospital professionals attend to medicine, stitching, vaccinations and broken bones, and the hospital’s 40 volunteers take care of gardening, running the auxiliary, giving mealtime assistance to seniors, fundraising, visiting the lonely, reading to patients and residents and pushing the art cart from room to room.
“That you so freely give your time,” Gray said, “is commendable. There is no way the system would run without your contribution. You help to build a vibrant and resilient community.”
Three Hills is a part of Alberta Health Services Central Zone.
Last year, its 3,000 volunteers contributed 170,000 hours.
Provincially, the figure tops one million donated hours.
Central Zone, stretching from Two Hills to Drumheller and from Lloydminster to Rocky Mountain House, serves nearly half a million Albertans.