LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice hosted a Volunteer Recognition Diner in honor of the many volunteers that have given their time and energy to its programs. The event was attended by 60 volunteers and staff and was located at Magic Foods Catering and Banquet Center in Moultonborough.
Pam Littlefield and Martha Horton, both volunteer coordinators for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, thanked and presented volunteer awards. Individuals received 1 year recognition and 5 year recognition and included: David Hayden, Connie Altieri, Mary Frohock, Jean Fournier, Nila Morrison, Charlotte Allen, Lisa Howard, Pamela Maden, David Shea, Patti Murray, Theresa Romano, Robert Shockley, Mary Lou Anderson, Heather Cone, Nan Russell, Carl Gebhardt, Lorraine Gebhardt, Eleanor Hayward and Marie Madeleine Marchand.
"Volunteers provide important services to our hospice and the people they serve. Whether it's providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fundraising, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work we provide," states Volunteer Coordinator Pam Littlefield. "We really can't thank them enough!"
The evening was rounded out by a presentation from Auntie Henrietta of Ashland. Her visit was a surprise for the volunteers, especially her "long lost nephew" and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice volunteer John Walker. Armed with insider information from unnamed sources John's Auntie regaled the audience with stories of his boyhood shenanigans and had the room in stitches. John Walker, a long time Hospice volunteer, was pleased that he could help entertain the rest of his colleagues stating, "These people work so hard and dedicate so much energy and time to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice it was the least I could do."