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About Sickkids
About SickKids

April 11, 2011

Thank you to all our volunteers for making a difference

National Volunteer Week,  April 10 to 16, pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy. It is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation. This week, we honour our SickKids volunteers, who make a difference in people’s lives through their compassion and generous contribution of time.

At SickKids, volunteers play an important role across all areas of the hospital: in a playroom, making crafts with a patient; in the Surgical Waiting Room, sitting with a worried parent; in the coffee line, so mom doesn’t have to leave her child’s bedside; in an advisory council meeting, providing a parent’s perspective on a new hospital initiative; in the Echo Lab, having an ultrasound to help researchers learn more about heart disease; in The 5 Fifty 5 Shop, raising money for special projects across the hospital; and, well, the list goes on and on and on!

Volunteers coming through the Volunteer Resources program have contributed over 70,000 hours of service in the past year. There are over 1,000 registered volunteers through Volunteer Resources, from students to adults to retirees. The Women’s Auxiliary of The Hospital for Sick Children contributed 44,000 hours of service this past year. While the WA is primarily a service organization, its members raise substantial funds through sales in The 5 Fifty 5 Shop, its Annual Bazaar, sales of holiday cards and CareWear.

Thank you volunteers at SickKids and across the country for all that you do!