“I started to volunteer at Stratford General Hospital when I retired from Fram Canada after 25 years of service. I started in the coffee shop under Shirley Aitcheson. I was mostly on cash as I once worked at Towers as a cashier.
I love meeting the public and wear funny hats on special occasions so I can make people smile. I think laughter is the best medicine.
I have met some exceptional people while working at the coffee shop. One time a customer gave me $20 and told me to buy coffee for the people who came after him. People were really surprised that a total stranger was paying for their coffee!
While we were renovating the hospital, the coffee shop was moved to a room near the old emergency entrance and I wasn’t needed so I started to volunteer at the Information Desk under Darlene Bell. I helped Darlene by typing the calendar schedule as she was doing it by hand. I still wear those funny hats and type the calendar schedule under Cheryl Hunt. What a grand lady she is!
I love volunteering as I find it very rewarding to give a little back to my community.
That's my story and I am sticking to it. Thank you.”
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First Gong Strike Sept. 5 2014
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