Day after day, Winthrop receives accolades
praising the wonderful works of its
dedicated auxilians and senior volunteers.
These remarkable individuals share their
precious time and special talents for the
benefit of others, and their compassionate
and giving spirits resonate with the
mission of Winthrop.
Recently, the Hospital hosted a Senior
Volunteer Awards Luncheon along with
the 86th Annual Meeting of the Winthrop
Auxiliary to pay honor to this dynamic
group of individuals. In addition to
acknowledging over 150 volunteers for
their impressive service milestones, special
recognition was offered to Winthrop's
Auxilian and Volunteers of the Year.
of the Year
Using her special talents as a florist in the
Williston Park area as just one of the ways
in which she is able to give back, Angela
Williams, one of the founding members of
Wings of Winthrop – a branch of the
Hospital's Auxiliary, which also includes the
Twigs of Winthrop – graciously volunteers
her time and resources each year to conduct
a Holiday Centerpiece Workshop. The
Workshop enables participants to learn new
ways to make holiday floral arrangements,
while raising funds for the Hospital.
"It gives me great joy to be able to give
back to the community," said Ms. Williams.
"We are pleased to recognize Angela
Williams as the Auxilian of the Year in
recog nition of her dedication to Winthrop,
her countless hours of selfless volunteer
service, and her extraordinary dedication to
those in the community who need hospital
care," said Veronica Renken, President of
the Auxiliary and member of the Hospital's
Board of Directors.
of the Year
For Robert and Patricia Gordon, the
motivation behind donating their time
and energies to the Hospital's Child Life
Program is two-fold. The couple, who first
began volunteering in 2005, not only
enjoys being involved with a program that
is dedicated to helping children take their
minds off of being in the hospital, but
holds dear the opportunity to honor the
legacy of their daughter, who they tragic -
ally lost to cancer at the age of 23.
Robert & Patricia Gordon
"Our daughter had a passion for working
with children, and we are carrying on for
her," said Mr. Gordon, who holds a PhD in
Electrical Engineering and teaches mathematics
through the University of Phoenix.
"It's truly rewarding for us to be with
the children and to see the smiles on their
faces," added Mrs. Gordon, an accomplished
writer and author of Transitions
Each week, the couple, who recently
celebrated 50 years of marriage, spends
time visiting with patients and distributing
toys in the Child Life Activity Center in
the Hospital's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient
Center. The couple also visits patients who
are unable to leave their rooms to ensure
their requests for toys or games are met.
"The Gordons are truly an asset to
our department and we appreciate all
they've done to help make our patients'
time in the hospital just a little bit easier,"
said Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director
of the Child Life Program at Winthrop.
For additional information about the
Winthrop Auxiliary or Senior Volunteer
opportunities (ages 18 and older) at the
Hospital, please call1-866-WINTHROP.
Vol. 21, No. 1
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