IH recognizes volunteers

Interior Health is supported by an estimated 4,800 volunteers.

Interior Health is celebrating its thousands of volunteers this week – National Volunteer Week (April 6 to 12). Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers for the work they do to enhance health care delivery throughout the region.

Volunteer recognition events will be held at many local hospitals and residential care facilities throughout the region during the month of April. In other areas, gifts or cards are offered as thanks.

Interior Health is supported by an estimated 4,800 volunteers.

“I really cannot say enough about our volunteers,” said Norman Embree, Interior Health board chairperson. “We literally could not do what we do without their support.”

Within the Okanagan, Interior Health will celebrate volunteers such as 97-year-old Christina Leathley. Leathley will be honoured during Kelowna General Hospital’s volunteer appreciation event and the Volunteer Services’ 50th Anniversary celebration.

National Volunteer Week is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

Across Canada, 13.3 million volunteers contribute 2.1 billion total hours.

Interior Health is continually looking for special people to help out in a wide range of volunteer roles. Visit www.interiorhealth.ca under About Us.