On April 17, Richmond staff, managers, physicians, and volunteers gathered in the Richmond Auditorium to celebrate the 2019 Long Service award recipients. In total, 207 staff were recognized—their combined years of service totalling an incredible 3,660 years!
“When you think about coming to an organization as large as Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) you can have many lives, many roles, and many responsibilities. And you can contribute in many ways," said Vivian Eliopoulos, VP Vancouver-Richmond Acute at the event. “For those of you who have chosen to come to Richmond Community of Care, we're extremely blessed to have you here with us."
Dr. Nancy Austin, Emergency physician and Senior Medical Director, said it's the staff, physicians, and volunteers that are the heart and soul of the organization. “Your care, your effort, and your devotion to the community is what keeps us together and on behalf of all of us, I'd like to thank you for your work."
Of the 207 staff recognized at this week's event, 55 were awarded their five year pins, 76 their 10 year pins, 32 their 15 year pins, 30 their 20 year pins, and 15 their 25 year pins. In addition, 3 staff received pins for 30 years of service or more. For our physician group, 34 were recognized at year's ceremony, including 25 with five years of service, seven with 10 years of service, and two with 15 years of service.
This year's Long Service Awards also honoured volunteers who dedicate hours of service every day throughout the Richmond Community of Care. This year, 66 volunteers were recognized, with a combined total years of service of 690 years!
Betty Goodwin and Elizabeth Bodnarik both received recognition for their incredible 55 years of volunteer service. They began volunteering in 1964—the year the first Beatles album was released, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published, and the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, in 1964, Richmond Hospital hadn't even been built yet!
A founding member of the Richmond Healthcare Auxiliary, Betty is well known in Richmond. In the 1960s, she began writing personalized birthday cards to our residents—a practice she maintains today. She also organizes the annual holiday caroling every December and baked many a cake for the May Fairs.
“I worked my entire career at VGH, so when I retired, it seemed natural to continue volunteering in health care," says Elizabeth, a retired RN who began volunteering as part of the auxiliary. Once the hospital was established, she helped with the mobile magazine cart, the gift shop, and later began volunteering at Minoru Residence. “I had never really thought about how long I've been here. Time just flies by and before you know it, it's been 55 years."