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Vernon Hospital volunteers celebrated

The luncheon which celebrates the efforts of VJH’s volunteers, returned after a three-year hiatus
Volunteers at VJH packed Paddlewheel’s Hall deck during the April 19 luncheon. (Bowen Assman/Morning Star Photo).

It took three years, but the annual Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH) volunteer appreciation luncheon finally returned.

The event was held at Paddlewhell Hall Wednesday afternoon, during National Volunteer Week (April 16-22).

“It was so great to see everyone, and get everyone together after such a long time,” said Liz Lecoupe, coordinator for VJH volunteer services. “Seeing so many smiling faces was a sight to see, after not having this event for so long.”

The luncheon is typically held yearly, to celebrate the work done by nearly 100 volunteers who help out around the hospital. However, due to COVID-19, it was postponed in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Close to 90 volunteers were present at the event, which featured lunch, speeches and awards.

The delicious food spread was provided by Safeway, while Five Star Awards and Engraving supplied the awards given out to attendees, and Flower Spot provided table centrepieces.

For more information on the volunteer program at VJH, visit

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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