Lorna a long-serving legend
Published at: 31 May 2019
National Volunteer Week was celebrated last week from May 20-26. The annual celebration is a chance to acknowledge the generous contribution of Goulburn Valley Health’s volunteers. This year’s theme is ‘making a world of difference’ and with around 90 volunteers at GV Health, they make an incredible difference to the lives of staff and patients at the organisation.
Patients at Goulburn Valley Health can always rely on volunteer Lorna Chandler to put a smile on their faces.
While staying on the wards at the hospital, patients are often presented with Lorna’s ‘care packages’, loaded with necessities and comforting items.
The packages are a result of the tireless hours spent by Lorna and her special helpers.
“I couldn’t do it without my little helpers,” she said.
Lorna’s grandson Jacob Chandler, 9, her brother in law Alex Chandler and husband Len Chandler all help out putting the packages together.
“Without Alex’s help we wouldn’t have started this,” she said.
Lorna said the packages include anything and everything the patients might need including toiletries, handmade tea towels and aprons, a carry bag and even a notepad and pen.
Her incredible efforts were recently recognised at the Greater Shepparton City Council’s Volunteer Recognition Awards where she was the co-recipient of long serving volunteer of the year.
A nervous Lorna was presented with the award last week.
At the ceremony, Mayor Kim O’Keeffe congratulated all the deserving winners, including Lorna, and thanked them for their service.
“Council received an extremely high standard of nominations this year, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a volunteer,” she said.
“Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award, as well as all the winners. Your hard work does not go unnoticed.”
And it was not the only award Lorna was up for during National Volunteers Week, also making it to the top three finalists in this year’s Minister for Health Volunteer Awards in the Outstanding Achievement by a volunteer: Better Care Victoria Innovation Award category.
GV Health volunteer coordinator Karen Saccuzzo said they were very proud of Lorna’s achievements.
“I was so pleased to be able to nominate Lorna for the (Council) award,” she said.
“It got down to about 10 finalists and we’re proud to say Lorna won the award.”