BANGOR, Maine — At its recent volunteer appreciation dinner and recognition evening, Hospice of Eastern Maine honored Cheryl Huskins of Orrington with its highest nonpatient volunteer honor, the Lillian Rivers Award, and Jean Trott of Lincoln with its highest distinction for patient care services, the Patricia Jameson Award for Hospice Volunteer Excellence.
Huskins received the Rivers Award in recognition of the many hours of outstanding clerical support she provided weekly for HOEM and Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, its parent home care agency.
Trott received the Jameson Award in recognition of the significant hours of selfless, compassionate service she devoted to a terminally ill Lincoln area patient and caregiver assigned to her care.
Huskins has been a volunteer with HOEM since 2000 when she completed the patient care volunteer training course. When physical limitations prevented her from safely continuing to work with patients in 2004, she offered her services as an office support volunteer. She has been helping HOEM/BAVN in this way weekly, keeping her business and people skills well-honed; she has professional degrees in both disciplines. She also works part-time for L.L. Bean at its Bangor call center.
Trott wrote on her application that she wanted to be a hospice patient care volunteer so she could help terminally ill patients and their families, adding that she had been there with her Mom and realized what a gift a volunteer could be. She also stated that she finds purpose and meaning in helping others. She completed HOEM’s patient care volunteer training course in 2002, and has served Lincoln area patients and families assigned to her care. She spent more than 106 hours with the patient and caregiver she served for more than five months in 2011. Trott, a licensed practical nurse, retired from Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln in 2011.
The Lillian Rivers Award was established last year in honor of longtime volunteer program secretary, Lillian Rivers, and she was its first recipient. Rivers died at age 86 in October 2011 after living with advanced lung cancer for 10 months and modeling how to live graciously with terminal illness. The last volunteered on Sept. 6, 2011, and shortly thereafter became a hospice patient with HOEM.
The Patricia Jameson Award was established in 1990 in honor of Patricia Jameson, a patient care volunteer who, after four years of serving patients and families as a hospice volunteer, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. After diagnosis, she continued to volunteer with hospice patients until she was no longer able to do so. She then became a recipient of hospice services and died at age 51.