Celebrating National Volunteer Week

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April 7-13, 2019 is National Volunteer Week and this year we gratefully join in recognizing how volunteers are “Lifting Communities”.

At Toronto Rehab, volunteers assist patients, families, visitors and staff in corporate, clinical, inpatient, waiting room, rehab and group therapy, administrative and retail settings. They also fulfill vital roles on our Board of Directors and as members of our fundraising and events committees.

We thank each and every one of our volunteers for helping make incredible happen!

This year, we are excited to acknowledge two longtime Toronto Rehab volunteers:

Audrey Caza – 30 Years

January 11, 2019 marked an incredible milestone for one of our most cherished volunteers. It was on this day back in 1989 that Audrey first began volunteering at Toronto Rehab where she has since volunteered alongside Occupational and Recreational Therapists and at many special events.

Within the Specialized Dementia Unit at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre, Audrey has been a reliable and warm face. The patients on this unit have behavioural challenges related to Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Audrey assists with the Reading Circle and the Music/Sing-A-Long Program that help patients by lessening social isolation and providing opportunities for meaningful interactions. She is valued for sharing Toronto Rehab’s commitment to enriching the lives of people living with dementia.

“She will often come with an idea or reminder on a piece of paper in her pocket – a song she thinks a particular patient would like based on their background or an anecdote from something she saw on television that relates to one of the staff or a patient,” says Danielle Krisman, Patient Relations Advisor. “She’s so kind and gentle with the patients and always helps new family members/visitors who are around for singalong to feel welcome and included.”

Tim Giblin – 20 Years

One of the number one motivations volunteers have is to “give back”. For Toronto Rehab Volunteer Extraordinaire, a brain aneurysm had Tim spend months healing and discovering at Toronto Rehab. “The hospital gave me my life after injury and I am forever grateful,” says Tim. Learn more 

On February 4, 2019, Tim marked 20 years of volunteering at Toronto Rehab having donated close to 4,500 hours of his time. He has volunteered in many roles throughout our organization but has logged the most with the Tuesday Social Program where he is the current Team Leader, with the Spiritual Care Program supporting the weekly Roman Catholic Mass for patients, and with KITE providing tours of our leading rehabilitation research institute. His enthusiasm and positive energy have also inspired others to volunteer with Toronto Rehab.

“Tim has been such an asset to our Research Department for so many years now that we consider him to be a member of the Research Team,” says Shoshana Teitelman, KITE Research Admin. “His reliability and ability to provide wonderfully guided tours to varying groups has been extremely valuable to our department.” 

In Photo (UHN) left-right: Audrey Caza at the Tea Social thrown by the Specialized Dementia Unity to celebrate her 30 year milestone. Tim Giblin preparing the table for the commencement of Roman Catholic Mass at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre.