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On September 20, Watrous and District Ambulance, Watrous First Responders, Saskatoon Health Region, and the Saskatchewan Central ABI Outreach Team co-ordinated to bring the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program to Watrous for Grades 10 and 11 students. Read the rest of this entry »

Almost seven months ago, Murphy, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, and his handler Jane, began participating in a pilot research study visiting patients at Saskatoon’s busiest emergency department (ED) at Royal University Hospital. Since then, Murphy and Jane have become regular once-a-week volunteers whenever possible. They offer comfort, a listening ear, and more often than not, simply a calming distraction. Read the rest of this entry »

Submitted by Parkridge Centre

“Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.” – Volunteer Canada

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. Read the rest of this entry »

The resident library at Parkridge Centre, a long term care home in Saskatoon, is a space that is commonly used by residents and families to enjoy a good book, some quiet time or a calm space. Located on the second floor, the resident library hosts a variety of books, audio books, games, puzzles and movies. Read the rest of this entry »

A patient in the emergency department in Royal University Hospital (RUH) is in tears while waiting for medical care. Murphy walks into the cubicle, spends a few minutes with that patient and the tears disappear. Murphy’s job is done with this patient, and he moves on to the next cubicle. Who is this miracle health care worker, you ask?

Murphy isn’t a health care worker; he is a St. John Ambulance therapy dog. The three-year-old English Springer spaniel belongs to Jane Smith , a trained therapy dog volunteer. Working with Volunteer Services and Infection Control, Murphy and Jane visit the RUH emergency room (ER) once a week as part of a two-month pilot project and also go once a week to the Irene and Leslie Dube Centre for Mental Health. Read the rest of this entry »

Some special volunteers have become a vital part of the family atmosphere on the Hemodialysis Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.

In operation since 2013, the Hemodialysis Ambassador program is made up of volunteers who help those coming in for dialysis in a variety of ways – from portering to providing company. Read the rest of this entry »

Giving the gift of time through volunteering opens the door to opportunity, and invites feelings of purpose and connectivity. But what if you are limited in the number of hours or the manner in which you are able to give the gift of volunteer service?

Kimberly Quam, Manager of Volunteer Workforce at Parkridge Centre, realized that the needs of the residents, families, staff and the community were not always being met through the current structure of the volunteer programs within Parkridge Centre. With the support of the staff liaisons from Therapeutic Recreation, Community Day Program and the Resident Computer program, Parkridge has changed that volunteer structure, and have come up with some very creative ways to better recruit, screen and support a quality volunteer placement within long term care. Read the rest of this entry »