Volunteer Donna Elie honoured for 11 years’ service to Twin Lakes Terrace

Colleagues cite the myriad of duties Donna performs in their nominations for the S&R Volunteer Recognition Award
6/13/2018  - Deron Hamel
Twin Lakes Terrace volunteer Donna Elie (centre) is seen here with life enrichment manager Jennifer Beselaere and life enrichment worker Julie Wardell  

Since she began volunteering at Twin Lakes Terrace in October 2006, Donna Elie has logged 2,200 hours and has provided help and support to the Sarnia long-term care and seniors living community in a variety of different ways, her colleagues say.

In honour of her contributions to Twin Lakes Terrace during the past 11 ½ years, several team members nominated Donna for Steeves & Rozema’s Volunteer Recognition Award, which she received in April.

The award is given out annually to people who volunteer in a Steeves & Rozema community who work hard to provide a better place for residents to live and a better environment for staff members to work.

Running Twin Lakes Terrace’s tuck shop, delivering mail and helping out with the breakfast clubs are among the duties Donna regularly performs.

“Donna is a very caring and loyal volunteer,” says life enrichment worker Julie Wardell. “Not only does she volunteer out of the goodness of her heart at Twin Lakes Terrace, long-term care, she also finds time to volunteer at Twin Lakes Terrace, seniors living, as well as other organizations in the community. She does all of this without expecting anything in return.”

Julie and others note that Donna does the shopping for the tuck shop, and she always makes sure it’s stocked with items residents need and which match the seasons. For instance, she always makes sure the shop has cards and items for holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

Donna will also help Twin Lakes Terrace team members out at a moment’s notice, says life enrichment manager Jennifer Beselaere.

“I have called Donna in a jam before, and she is more than happy to run over and jumps right in to help out,” Jennifer says. “Donna is one of the friendliest people I know, (and) I think she is more than deserving of the Volunteer Recognition Award.”

Food service worker Marsha McIndoo says Donna’s help with the men’s and women’s breakfast clubs is outstanding.

“She learns each resident’s name and greets them using their name; she asks how they’ve been and remembers what is going on in their lives,” Marsha says. “She’s so organized and efficient in breakfast service, helping make it a nice, enjoyable meal service.”

Steeves & Rozema’s 2018 awards celebration was held April 19 in Sarnia. Awards were given out in four categories: Above and Beyond, Community Service, Quality Improvement and Volunteer Recognition.

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