Kathryn Whitby touched the lives of students for the past 30 years as a Special Education teacher. She continues to touch lives as a volunteer. Nine years ago, Whitby signed up to volunteer every Saturday morning at St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit. She marvels at the human spirit of every client, family member and staff that she has encountered over the years. “Every room I enter has life experiences, every journey is different, I love the role I play as a volunteer,” shares Whitby.

Kathryn Whitby volunteers at St. Paul’s Hospital

When she enters the Palliative Care unit, she looks around to see what needs to be done. She loves working with the LPNs. She learns much from the staff, patients and family members. Whether sharing in the photos of family members, lending an ear, baking cookies, dressing up in special gowns, or being part of the palliative care team, Whitby makes a difference in the lives of everyone she meets.

Recently Whitby was honoured with the Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Meewasin. She humbly accepted the award not only for herself, but for all volunteers.

Whitby’s message to anyone considering becoming a volunteer is, “Follow your heart. I really know that this is where I should be, volunteering is an important part of society.”