Recognizing those who make communities strong

By Tyler Marr
April 20, 2017 - 10:00am

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region took time to host and thank a long list of volunteers who contribute and enhance the lives of those in the health care system.

At the Long-Service Awards Wednesday, dozens of volunteers were honoured for their work, celebrated in tandem with National Volunteer Week. Alongside dignitaries and Her Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, individuals and organizations who have contributed service from five to more than 60 years were celebrated.

One of those filling out a slot in the 60-year column was the Salvation Army, whose representative Lieutenant Stephan Van Schaick was privileged to be a part of an organization that has amply  contributed to the community.

“I am part of a group that wants to see people's lives touches and wants to reach out to this great community,” Van Schaick said.

“Those who are sitting in a hospital bed or have no family around, that's what they are asking for, is someone to reach out to see them. What better way to meet someone then when they are in a hospital and presumably at their loneliest.”

One special volunteer celebrated for over 45 years of dedication was 93-year-old Mary Krushelniski.

“I enjoy helping somebody in need,” she said.

Working through the Ladies Auxiliary, Krushelniski contributes extensive amounts of her  time to bring flowers, bake, raise funds, fill food hampers, bring lunch to the weekly church service and “buy whatever they need that the government doesn’t” for those in the health care system.

“I enjoy my job..that is why I am doing it. I haven't quit yet and I won't quit until I can’t move no more,” she jokingly said. 

Humble, when asked how she felt about the recognition, Krushelniski said she was not deserving.

“I didn't think I would get anything. I enjoy doing it so I am doing it and [the patients] enjoy people and visitors.”

The health region has more than 3,500 active volunteers who combined contribute over 50,000 hours of their time per year to facilities within the region.


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