Interior Health honours volunteers

IHA is joining Volunteer Canada to mark National Volunteer Week until Saturday.

At facilities throughout the Interior Health Authority, more than 4,800 volunteers provide services to enhance the comfort of patients and residents.

To recognize their vital contributions, IHA is joining Volunteer Canada to mark National Volunteer Week until Saturday.

“Our volunteers range from teens to seniors and each one plays an integral role in supporting the care we provide,” said Erwin Malzer, IHA chairperson.

“By volunteering in a health care setting these individuals are truly touching people’s lives.”

Volunteers perform a wide variety of services in Interior Health’s hospitals and residential care facilities, to ensure patients and residents have the comforts they need to enhance their quality of life.

For example in hospitals, auxiliaries help fundraise for special patient care equipment through gift shops and craft sales, while youth volunteers visit with patients, assemble test kits for emergency patients to take home, and other tasks.