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Regional Hospice Honors 84 Volunteers as Recipients of the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards

Volunteers Celebrated for their Commitment to Helping People at the End of Life

Danbury, CT –  September 14, 2018 – In the midst of a stormy September week, the clouds cleared and the sun came out over the Memorial Gardens of the Center for Comfort Care and Healing just in time to celebrate 84 outstanding Regional Hospice and Palliative Care (RHPC) volunteers. These individuals earned the 2017 U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) for volunteering over 100 hours each over the past calendar year.  This national award program recognizes and celebrates outstanding American citizens who positively impact their communities, while serving as role models.

Now in its 35th year of providing care, comfort and compassion to community members at their end of life, RHPC recognizes their robust volunteer program as a touchstone of the hospice services provided.

“Whatever your volunteer role is, you can be assured that you are quietly changing lives one act of kindness at a time,” said Cynthia Emiry Roy, RHPC President and CEO, to the guests of honor on Friday night.  “You are the essence of community and the best of who we are as humans.”

RHPC President & CEO Cynthia Roy with Gold Award Winners Ginny Strauch, Gary Boulet, Karen Boutross and Roberta Goodwin. (Not pictured: Gold award winners John Hoffman and Sharon Siegel)

Each recipient was presented with a letter signed by President Trump, a heartfelt letter of gratitude from Roy, and a certificate commemorating the number of hours of service they provided.  The eleven volunteers who provided 250+ hours of service in the calendar year also received a medallion, and the six who provided an astounding 500+ hours of service received an Olympic-sized gold medal.

Director of Volunteer Services, Mary Beth Hickey, praised the group for their contributions to the agency, quoting Blessed Pino Puglisi: “If everyone does something, then we can do a lot.”  She celebrated the exceptional volunteers for their kindness in “stepping up” to help others in need and not leading a life of apathy. Throughout the ceremony, applause erupted as each name was read and awards were presented to the honorees.  They enjoyed a gourmet dinner prepared by the RHPC Chefs, followed by the agency’s signature cookies.

PVSA recipients provided service to the agency as Family Support Volunteers, Lobby Greeters, Kitchen Volunteers, Flower Arrangers, Pet Partners, Reiki Practitioners, Administrative Volunteers, Fundraising Volunteers, Bereavement Volunteers and Healing Hearts Group Facilitators.

The award winners are:

Gold (500+ Hours):

GARY BOULET
KAREN BOUTROSS
ROBERTA GOODWIN
JOHN HOFFMAN
SHARON SIEGEL
GINNY STRAUCH

Silver (250+ Hours):

DANIEL BACON
LINDIE BACON
LOUISE BURNETTE
ELLEN CURRAN
KYLE GUNDEL
PAGET HAYLON
KIMBERLY KAPLANIS
ROSEANNE LORING
ANNETTE NACINOVICH
REGINA OFIERO
ELLEN RASPITHA

Bronze (100+ Hours):
LORI ABBOTT
RUTH AYERS
JON BARB
HILDA BARRETT
LINDA BENNETT
JEAN BRADLEY
CHRIS BROWN
CAROL BUCHWALD
MARIE CROWELL
LENORE CUNNINGHAM
PENNY DAWSON
PATTI DEAKIN
JUDY DEKUN
ROB FEAKINS
CARROLL FOLEY
EDWARD GOODWIN
MARYBETH HAMILTON
CATHY HILL
GERI HOPPER
KENDRA KENNY
PATRICIA KING
JILL KUHN
TRACIE LAJOIE
LORI LEFFORT
KATHY LEWIS
BARBARA LOBECK
JIM LORING
AYDE LYONS
PAT MACCHIAVERNA
BILL MAHER
DEE MARINO
CATHERINE MAZZARIELLO
MARY ANNE MOORE
TINA MOSKWA
PHYLLIS MOUNT
FRAN MUNOZ
KATHIE MURTHA
MARK OHAYON
SUSAN PEASE
BOB PECKHAM
PAMELA PICARD
MADELINE REVERE
JUDY RICKERT
FRANCINE ROBB
LOU ROBERTI
EDWARD RUHL
JIMMETTA SAMAHA
DONNA SCALZO
JOE SCHAUB
PATRICIA SCHULZE
SUE SCOVILL
SUNGHEA SHOENER
MARGOT SNELLBACK
THERESA TAYLOR
DENNIS TENDLER
JOAN TENDLER
GERI TRAVIS
SANDRA URBAN
KATY VECCHIA
GERRY WATERBURY
KATHLEEN WEISS
JIM WHITE
MARY ANN WILKINSON
LUBA WOZNIAK
JULIE YOUNG
LAURA ZIMET