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Lions Prairie Manor honours volunteers with tea

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

It has often been said that time is a valuable resource. Lions Prairie Manor took the time, Tuesday, to give thanks to those hundreds of volunteers to willing give of their time to help others.

Volunteers gathered from all of the health services in Portage including Douglas Campbell Lodge, Lions Prairie Manor, Portage District Hospital, and public health.

"It's national volunteer week so we're doing a volunteer appreciation tea. We do this every year and this year we timed it with national volunteer week," said Maryanne Woods, director of health services, seniors for the Lions Prairie Manor, Douglas Campbell Lodge, and home care in the region. "We have about 200 volunteers usually that work with us and there's about 100 of those that are saying they are going to join us today, which is great."

Volunteers got the chance to enjoy fruit trays, pie, and tea and coffee while being entertained by local musician Johnny Dietrich. Afterwards 26 gifts were given away in a draw to show appreciation for the many roles volunteers occupy.

"There is a variety of thing that they help with: everything from working in the gift shop to helping residents with outings, we have some that sew quilts for babies for the Families First program, students, even among our own residents we have volunteers," said Woods.

Central RHA CEO Kathy McPhail made an appearance and gave similar praise to the gathered volunteers.

For the full story see Thursday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

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