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Winthrop Honors Tireless Commitment of its Volunteers and Auxilians

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.

Winthrop Auxilian of the Year

Angela Williams
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.

Winthrop Volunteers of the Year

Robert & Patricia Gordon
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.

"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 and Memories.

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
Winter/Spring 2011

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