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Celebrating our Richmond volunteers

10/04/2019

Richmond Hospital volunteers wearing read and ready to help patients and families that come through the doors.

Every day throughout the Richmond Community of Care, you'll find our volunteers making a difference. In fact, last year our over 700 Richmond volunteers provided 64,000 hours of support to 85 different program areas in both acute and community. Some of their contributions include:

  • Navigating 51,000 people at Richmond Hospital

  • Making 9,900 icepacks for new moms and 4,400 hats to keep our newborns warm for the Birth Centre

  • Spending 3,066 volunteer hours enhancing resident involvement in Recreation Therapy programs at Minoru Residence​

​In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we're featuring four of our Richmond volunteers. While they work at different sites and have different backgrounds, they have in common a desire to give back to their community by improving the quality of lives of our clients.

Sharon Conrad, Richmond Lion's Manor Bridgeport Pet Therapy and 1:1 Visiting Volunteer

(VCH Volunteer since November 2017)

How did you first get involved volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

My dog Zuzu and I are a Therapy Dog Team with St. John Ambulance and I selected Richmond Lion's Manor Bridgeport as the location in which we would like to volunteer our time.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

Spending time with the residents in conversation and laughter. 

What is your favourite memory while volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

Hearing life stories and memories from the residents. 

What else do you do when you are not volunteering?

 I'm one of the coordinators of the B.C. National Theatre School Festival, I teach workshops for the Arts Club Theatre Co. and am a passionate gardener.

What is your healthiest habit?

Going to a fitness class three times a week.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

Jump in…do it! 

Thomas Zhang, Minoru Recreation Volunteer (past Richmond Hospital Volunteer)

(VCH Volunteer since April 2011)

How did you first get involved volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

I wanted to study medicine and needed to build my interpersonal skills.  So, while in high school, I decided to apply for a volunteer position at Richmond Hospital.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

The best part about volunteering is the interactions I have with residents and staff. There is always something interesting to learn.

What is your favourite memory while volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

I enjoy that the seniors are so happy to see me each week.

What else do you do when you are not volunteering?

I'm working on a Master's thesis at UBC, I also play the piano and sing in a choir.

What is your healthiest habit?

I run half-marathons.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

Volunteering is a great way to learn to genuinely care for one another.

Brenda Hourie, Richmond Hospital Navigator Volunteer and Trainer

(VCH Volunteer since January 2015)

How did you first get involved volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

I was at Richmond Hospital with my husband and saw that people arriving for appointments or to visit got lost sometimes. I promised myself that when I retired, I was going to volunteer at the hospital helping people to find their way around.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

Talking with people and making their time here less stressful.

What is your favourite memory while volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

Visiting with an elderly man who was waiting for an appointment and listening as he told me stories about his life.  

What else do you do when you are not volunteering?

I am a grandma and a gardener.

What is your healthiest habit?

I love to walk, which may be why I like navigating!

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

Just do it, I guarantee you will be happy you did.

Amy Xu, Lions Park Senior Supported Housing Virtual Volunteer Newsletter Translator

(VCH Volunteer since 2013)

How did you first get involved volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

I started as a volunteer with the Diners' Club program at Lion's Park during high school. 

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

I enjoy helping the seniors to improve their life quality. 

What is your favourite memory while volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

Attending the summer picnic at Lion's Park where all the tenants gather, enjoy each other's company, good food, the beautiful weather and live music.

What else do you do when you are not volunteering?

I read and swim.

What is your most healthy habit?

I drink lots of water everyday.


​What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health?

Just start volunteering and explore the numerous ways that you could contribute to other people's lives.

​Thank you to all our Richmond volunteers!


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