Staff in the Laboratory Medicine Program (LMP) make a difference each day in the life’s of patients be it indirectly in a pathologists office or face to face in our Blood Lab Collection Centres. Amazingly some staff just want to do more.
This is true of Sharon Wilson, a part time Histology Technologist with LMP, who volunteers at least one full day a week at the West Park Healthcare Centre.
“I always want to be making a difference,” says Sharon. “No matter how large or small – a smile can move mountains.”
It’s that attitude which made her the recipient of the West Park President’s Award for Values. The annual award is given to recognize and honour employees, physicians, and volunteers who consistently make an outstanding contribution to life at West Park.
Sharon started volunteering at West Park for just two and a half hours on Friday mornings. Now she’s there for full days, at a time, and is involved in the outdoor gardening program as well as other recreation therapy programs. Her fellow gardeners are long term complex care residents, and the program functions as a fun and sensory option for recreation therapy.
“Everyone actively participates,” says Sharon, “and I like to see them get their hands dirty.” she says with a laugh.
The garden consists of flowers, vegetables, and herbs, and is growing into a bit of a local farm. The herbs are all sold at a fall fair with proceeds going back to West Park, and the vegetables are used in house for their Happy Chefs cooking program.
Candidates for the West Park President’s Award for Values are based on peer nominations, and recipients are chosen by a committee. Sharon was this year’s award recipient in the Respect category, which is attributed to one who:
- Demonstrates patience and active listening
- Acknowledges diversity by recognizing each individuals uniqueness and dignity
- Recognizes the competence and commitment of others
- Offers suggestions in a positive and encouraging manner
“It’s a blast!” says Sharon. “It’s total interaction with patients, and you can’t help but leave satisfied and genuinely happy with the work you accomplish. To everyone: I can’t recommend volunteering enough.”
Congratulations Sharon, and keep up the amazing work!