Today is the last day of National Volunteer Week, and we would like to take a moment to recognize the winner of last year’s prestigious June Callwood Award, Susan Bible.

“I retired and moved to Collingwood in 2016 after working for twenty eight years at a centre for young children. Shortly after starting to volunteer at Campbell House I realized something very important. Giving care to someone has very little to do with age. Four or Ninety Four, we all want the same thing:

1) To know we matter
2) To know we are heard

I have been able to work with the most wonderful and compassionate people. We have laughed and cried together and I have been able to be a part of someone’s journey from this planet. An honour for sure. I have been there to put a little extra brown sugar on oatmeal, I have listened as the most beautiful woman told me how she loved to dance, I have been there when a feisty gal insisted that I put on some of her fabulous hand cream. At the end of it all Kindness Matters. How lucky am I. Susan.”

The June Callwood Award was established in 1994 by the Hospice Association of Ontario, now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. The award was named in honour of the late June Callwood, the Award Patron, and long-time advocate of hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada.

Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s June Callwood Award… we CANNOT wait until we can tell you all about it ❤️