‘Community heroes’ recognized at luncheon

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Picture are volunteers, (in front) Scott McIntyre, green box food program; (in back L-R) Eileen Ledrew, chronic pain support, LGBTQ; Helene Shaver, falls prevention program, NRT; Corrie D’Alessio, community health worker, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre; and Linda Kinkelin, falls prevention program.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC) held its third annual volunteer appreciation luncheon, on Friday.

“Our volunteers are our ‘community heroes,’” said Corrie D’Alessio, community health worker at SVCHC. “Volunteers allow Seaway Valley CHC to accomplish its mission of supporting the health and wellbeing of local people and our community, working through a team and partnership approach.”

Presently the centre has approximately 50 volunteers in a variety support programs in several areas including: green box, garden leaders, falls prevention and exercise instructors, walking leaders, cooking support, smoking cessation, peer leaders for chronic conditions and welcoming greeting and administration.

There is a wide spectrum of commitment and training for volunteers, said D’Alessio, depending on which staff-led program they choose. For example, he says, the falls prevention or exercise volunteers receive intensive training, where others, such as social drop in, involves general training.

Last year, volunteer hours totaled in the neighbourhood of 2500 man hours. For further information on programs or to volunteer, call Corrie D’Alessio t 613-930-4892 ext. 152, or the community wellness line 613- 936-0306 ext. 229.

Organizations: SVCHC, Valley Community Health Centre

Geographic location: Ontario

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