Give a high five or a simple "thanks" to show our volunteers how much you appreciate them.
Imagine your workplace without volunteers – most of us can’t. That’s probably because last year alone approximately 6,500 volunteers across Fraser Health donated almost 400,000 hours of their time to help us care for our patients, clients and residents.
The work they do includes everything from providing patients with wayfinding advice to supporting time- stretched medical staff. And the volunteers themselves are just as diverse as the valuable contributions they make. They often say they get so much more than they give. But, truth is, we couldn’t take care of our patients the way we do without them.
Recently, we met up with Surrey Memorial Hospital volunteers Ben Tam and Kudret Sekhon to find out what motivates and drives their passion for volunteering.
“I plan to pursue a career in medicine one day so my initial interest came from the desire to gain hospital experience. Early on though, I realized my greatest satisfaction has come from the interactions I have with the patients, clients, visitors and staff. I’ve learned that even small actions can have a big impact. I’ll never forget the gratitude of one pregnant patient. She was lost and stressed and trying to get to her ultrasound appointment. Rather than just giving her directions, I personally walked her over. I didn’t think much of it, but after her appointment she came back and thanked me over and over. My advice to someone who is thinking about volunteering: just do it. It’s an opportunity to gain experience and give back at the same time.” - Ben Tam, Welcome and Wayfinding Volunteer
“I’ve always pictured a career in health care. My mom is a nurse so I think that has a lot to do with it. I really enjoy volunteering in the Emergency Department. I get to help out the staff, comfort stressed patients and hand out toys to kids. Patients come up to me and say ‘thank you’ and it feels so good to make a positive impact. Volunteering opens your eyes. You learn so much about yourself and what you want in life. It’s a humbling experience.” - Kudret Sekhon, Emergency Department and Patient Resource Depot
Thank you to Ben, Kudret and all of our Fraser Health volunteers for your positive attitude and dedication.
Do you have a positive volunteer story? Share it in the comments section below.
And remember to tell our volunteers how much you appreciate them. Even a simple 'thanks' can go a long way – after all, small actions can make a big impact.