Two of our volunteers: Mrs. Gajute Budra and Mrs. Maria Dossantos were nominated by Labdara to receive the City of Toronto’s Legacy Awards to celebrate National Volunteer Week in the city. The Toronto Legacy Awards formally recognize the passion, commitment and effort of volunteers who make Toronto a better place.
Gajute has been volunteering at Labdara for the past 15 years. She sings at weekly mass, helps lead the residents’ sing-a-long on Wednesday afternoons, participates on Team Labdara for the annual Toronto Challenge walk to raise funds for our nursing home and bakes and sells at all of our annual craft and bake sales.
Maria has been volunteering at Labdara for over two years. She helps feed the residents who require assistance during mealtimes. She also visits and shares her time with our residents. She happily sits with our residents, talks to them and listens to their stories.
The presentation of awards and certificates of recognition took place on April 9th at a cocktail party in downtown Toronto. We are proud of Gajute and Maria and congratulate them on receiving beautiful plaques and volunteer appreciation certificates from the City of Toronto.
We are proud and grateful for all of our magnificent volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to give unselfishly to our residents. A very big thank-you to our volunteers!
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
The Management and Staff of Labdara hosted a VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON at Labdara on Wednesday, April 24th. The Administrator Laura Puteris, Volunteer Co-ordinator Nerijus Augutis and Zibute Janeliunas on behalf of the Board of Directors expressed sincere thanks to the 30 volunteers present. As it was spring, Tado Svetaine was decked out in bright spring colours with bouquets of beautiful spring flowers throughout the room. The delicious meal of salmon, roasted chicken with various salads and a sweet table full of cakes was prepared in-house by our very own food services staff. Our volunteers were recognized for the contribution they make in ensuring that Labdara functions like a real home to our residents. Our volunteers contribute: by singing in the choir during weekly Mass for the residents in our chapel on Wednesdays and then stay to socialize with the residents; volunteers read to those who can no longer read on their own; they visit with those who have no one visiting them; they play chess and board games with our residents; they help to feed those most needy of feeding assistance during meals; they accompany residents on outings into the community; they serve on the Board of Directors and contribute in various other ways throughout the year. The afternoon was enjoyed by all as evidenced by the conversations that continued over coffee and cakes.
Some Noteworthy Examples of Volunteering
OUR BINGO TEAM
Appreciation expressed to the volunteers by Labdara's administrator and the Board
: Sandra Burke, Birute Batraks and Vid Valiulis, together with Arunas Morkunas, work quietly but consistently throughout the year at Toronto’s Charitable Gaming BINGO. This past year this team of volunteers has raised over $54,000 for our nursing home!!! This is the largest sum the Team has earned for Labdara over the past 10 years. CONGRATULATIONS and SINCERE THANKS for the wonderful work you do for our residents.
BINGO Team representative, Birute Batraks also sold her hand-made Lithuanian wrist-warmers and original pieces of jewelry at Labdara’s November Bake Sale.
RESIDENTS ARE VOLUNTEERS TOO:
Opportunities to serve as volunteers do not disappear the day a person becomes a resident of Labdara. Residents who serve on the nursing home’s Resident Council do so as volunteers.
Mrs. Žemaitienė, a resident of Labdara, is serving as Chair of the Labdara Resident Council. CONGRATULATIONS and thank-you!
By volunteering you have just given the most priceless gift anyone could give – your time, kindness and love. Your gift of time has made Labdara a place that cares for every resident in a very personal way. Recently, a group of volunteers played a major role in assisting with Christmas celebrations for our residents - much appreciated.
SING-ALONGS BY VOLUNTEERS:
Volunteers bring cheer throughout the year. They come every week for sing-alongs with the residents.
Here’s a cheerful group of our volunteers with Volunteer Coordinator - Nerijus Augutis (in the back row) all decked out in red for Christmas at Labdara.
A THANK YOU TO ALL!
Ema Puteris & her dog Ellie
WON’T YOU JOIN US?