SUDBURY, ON – They are often the first point of contact, the warm welcome, and the helping hand for patients and visitors coming to Health Sciences North (HSN).
HSN is celebrating its team of approximately 700 volunteers, and encouraging members of the community to consider sharing some of their time by becoming a volunteer.
“Our volunteers have incredible passion, compassion, and empathy for our patients and visitors,” says Francoise Roussel, HSN’s Coordinator of Volunteer Services. “People come through our doors looking for support, and our volunteers provide that. When you volunteer with us you are doing such a valuable service for your community.”
Nineteen-year-old Garbrielle Huneault is one of a number of students giving her time to HSN this summer. The daughter of a physician, Huneault volunteered at HSN because of her interest in pursuing a career in health care.
“Volunteering is great because you give people a warm greeting and a little piece of mind when they’re coming to the hospital, which can be quite an anxious time for some people, “adds Hunealt. “You’re doing something for your community and it’s a great way to spend some of your free time in the summer.”
“At HSN, patient-centred care begins the moment people come through our doors, and our volunteers do an outstanding job. We’re very proud of them,” says Joe Pilon, HSN’s Interim CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
To learn more about volunteering at HSN, contact the Volunteer Services office at 705-523-7179, ext 3, or visit our website, www.hsnsudbury.ca.