Hospice program graduates volunteers

Posted Dec. 17, 2008, at 6:27 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:10 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Hospice of Eastern Maine, a program of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, announced that its Bangor area volunteer family recently increased by a dozen.

The new volunteers graduated from HOEM’s comprehensive six-week fall training course Nov. 19 and are now ready to serve hospice patients and families under HOEM and Community Health and Counseling Services care.

The graduates are Elizabeth Allen, Alicia Clifford, Sharon Cyr, Lorri Day, Daniele Ferreira, Peggy Ford, Bertha Grant, Brad Ketchum Jr., Brenda Shaffer, Ingrid Solomon, Kathy Vanaria and Simon Wesley.

“I am delighted to welcome these talented people into our corps of dedicated volunteers,” said Wayne Melanson, director of volunteer services at HOEM. “They are caring, compassionate, good-humored people who bring a diverse wealth of life experiences with them. They share two common traits — a love of people and a desire to serve them. They will be wonderful additions to our dynamic patient care teams at HOEM and CHCS hospice.”

HOEM’s volunteers are well-trained and bring the “heart of hospice” to the patients and families they serve. HOEM and CHCS would not be able to provide their hospice patients and families the high level of quality care they do without them, Melanson said.

Those interested in more information about volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Eastern Maine in 2009 may call Wayne Melanson at 973-8269.

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