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Lifting communities: PHSA volunteers build us up

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​Clockwise from top left: Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) Disaster Psychosocial Services (DPS) volunteers in their signature purple shirts. BC Cancer - Prince George volunteers, BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre volunteers, Child Life volunteers with Fudge, a furry friend, BC Transplant volunteers decked out in green and another BC Transplant volunteer wearing his commitment to organ donation.

April 7 to 13 was National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the millions of volunteers across Canada as well as the volunteers who make a difference in our own communities. It's always a good time to recognize volunteers!

Thousands of individuals give their time and talents to PHSA’s programs, enhancing the health care experience for our patients, families and other clients we serve. We thank all our volunteers in every capacity for their generous spirits, boundless energy and continued compassion. 

You lift us up and make us better, whether you’re helping a patient find their way in one of our hospitals, serving coffee to families, playing with a sibling or providing expertise in one of our advisory groups or on a council. You are an invaluable part of the PHSA family and we are grateful for each and every one of you!

Did you know?
  • More than 1,200 volunteers contributed over 83,050 hours of service last year at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.
  • BC Transplant has over 180 volunteers who give their time all over B.C., including on Vancouver Island, in the Interior, up north and in the Yukon territory. There are 99 volunteers in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley alone.
  • More than 500 volunteers contribute to BC Cancer and its regional centres in the province, logging over 40,000 hours of service in 2018. BC Cancer - Victoria volunteers sold 38,000 hot beverages and 9,500 muffins this year and at BC Cancer - Kelowna, 78 per cent of the volunteers are former cancer patients or family members/caregivers.
  • Health Emergency Management BC’s (HEMBC) Disaster Psychosocial Services (DPS) program has more than 195 volunteers that provide emotional, psychological and practical support to community members affected by disasters.
  • Since 2011, 220 volunteers have donated over 7,860 hours at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction. In the last year, 23 volunteers have donated 583 hours. Volunteer jobs include art therapy, running Burnatique, Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction’s used clothing store for clients and providing companionship and support for at-risk clients as a Leisure Buddy.

Once again, we extend our immense gratitude to all our volunteers for creating positive change and making a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for lifting your communities and choosing to give your time to PHSA.

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