2023 Volunteer Appreciation

Today, Perley Health celebrated our amazing volunteer team, who continue to “weave us together” by providing compassionate care and service to the Perley Health community. We were treated to a live performance by the Therapeutic Recreation & Creative Arts staff. A recording of this song was made for all of those who could not attend the event. Original lyrics by Perley Health Music Therapist, Tim Cote.

Long Service Awards were presented to several volunteers, including a 25-year pin for volunteer woodworker Dave Hamel and a 20-year pin for Therapeutic Recreation volunteer and Korea Veterans Association Liaison, Phil Lepage. Thank you, Dave & Phil, for your tremendous dedication! Be sure to visit Perley Health social media channels to see features on Dave & Phil, which were shared this week, as well as a special video spotlighting Joan Olinik, who received her 10-year volunteer service pin at yesterday’s event.

Christiane Charron – 2023 Volunteer of the Year

Christiane Charron was distinguished as the Volunteer of the Year for going above and beyond, providing exceptional support to our community, always showing compassion, joy and respect for all. Christiane is well known to our community for her work in the Swab Clinic, amongst other roles. We have shared a special feature on Christiane, today, on Perley Health social media channels.

Judi Sarginson - Advocacy Award Recipient

Judi Sarginson was recognized for her strong advocacy for residents attending Roman Catholic masses and the Ice Cream Parlour. Judi speaks up to help improve these programs, always with the well-being and safety of residents in mind.

Horticultural Therapy Volunteers win Volunteer Team Award!

The Horticultural Therapy volunteer team was recognized for providing exceptional care for residents and tenants attending horticultural therapy programs and for their devotion to our courtyard gardens, no matter the weather conditions, including many personal donations of plants, seeds and materials.


Congratulations, and thank you, to all volunteers who were nominated or received awards. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

Thanks to all staff, residents and caregivers who have helped make this a very special National Volunteer Week for our team.

Rachel Stoparczyk, CVA

Coordinator, Volunteer Services