“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are many ways to make a difference in a person’s life and it is those who give without seeking recognition that often make the greatest impact.
Earlier last week, I had the privilege of celebrating more than 1,100 volunteers that so freely give their time and talents to Osler at our annual volunteer recognition dinner.
Volunteers are among the first people to greet patients, families and visitors as they walk though our doors. Their interactions can create a positive impact that lasts long after patients return home.
For many volunteers, their commitment to Osler is long-term. While some have given years, and many others decades, to making a difference to patients, there was one special volunteer who stood out. It was my honour to help present Ruth Sharpe with her 50 year service pin. Her contributions to Osler’s hospitals, the Foundation and to improving patient care over the years have been, and continue to be, immeasurable.