Volunteer Week at the Monte

May 15, 2015 by Natalie Shymko
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Sydney’s Montefiore Home is celebrating National Volunteer Week 2015 with events being held at the Hunters Hill and Randwick campuses up until Monday.

Rosita Armer, Sven Zeuner-Mark, Miriam Myers, Jane Wolfers, Liz Chosid, Marina Novochenok, Jane-Quan-Ho, Barbara Hart, Jane Silverman

Rosita Armer, Sven Zeuner-Mark, Miriam Myers, Jane Wolfers, Liz Chosid, Marina Novochenok, Jane-Quan-Ho, Barbara Hart, Jane Silverman

This year’s theme, Give Happy Live Happy was an opportunity for Montefiore to recognise and thank its strong army of volunteers for the work they do and the difference they make to its elderly residents and to the broader community.  Key speakers at this year’s program included Melanie Lindenberg, Montefiore’s Director of Client and Community Relations, and Dr Alasdair MacDonald, Montefiore’s General Manager of Business, Innovation & Quality who presented the new Philosophy of Living strategy based on the elements of choice, dignity and wellbeing.

“The new Philosophy of Living is very innovative and exciting,” said volunteer, Tini Van Gelder.  “Such a brilliant and inspiring strategy,” commented volunteer, Monica Ginsberg.

Eva Schlesinger, Monica Ginsberg, Cathy Shapiro Tini Van-Gelder, Helene Gonski

Eva Schlesinger, Monica Ginsberg, Cathy Shapiro Tini Van-Gelder, Helene Gonski

The program also included a guided tour for volunteers to the Sydney Jewish Museum.  “Approximately 40 per cent of our residents are Jewish Holocaust survivors with unique care needs.  Montefiore has developed an innovative Holocaust Awareness program for staff and volunteers to help them understand and address these needs,” said Hazel Stein, Volunteer Manager at Montefiore Home.

“Montefiore has a proud history of volunteering.  We have over 500 active volunteers who are committed and enthusiastic.  Our volunteers are a valuable asset and enable us to enrich the quality of life of our ageing residents by enhancing the professional services and programs we provide,” said Ms Stein.

“This week we are celebrating not only our volunteers who help make the lives of our residents happier, but they too are happier as a result,” added Ms Stein.

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