Today a longtime North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) volunteer was honoured for his years of dedication to the Hospital.
A familiar face to many staff, patients and visitors after more than 20 years with the Health Centre, Lorne Cutts has made the decision to retire.
Kim McElroy, manager of communications and volunteers at NBHRC says Cutts has amassed the most ever volunteer hours in record time. “Lorne has demonstrated the true volunteer spirit of giving. After his last shift, Lorne has logged 14,574 volunteer hours with us. To put that in perspective, the average volunteer would need to do one shift a week for over 70 years to reach that same number—something Lorne achieved in only 20 years.”
Lorne played a vital role on the Friends of NBRHC (formerly the Volunteer Association), serving several terms as President and helping to raise funds for capital equipment through a variety of programs and services. This is in addition to the time he gave almost daily on the Information Desk, assisting patients and the public in finding their way in the facility.
In 2013, Cutts was awarded as both the Provincial and National winner of the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s Salute to Senior Service® award. The program was launched in 2012 by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honour seniors’ commitments to their causes and communities.
McElroy credits Lorne’s exemplary service to help foster a culture of volunteerism and philanthropy at the NBRHC. “We are very grateful to Lorne for his gift of time at our Health Centre. His contributions to our organization are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten,” says McElroy. “Lorne will be deeply missed by the patients, staff and volunteers with whom he worked.”
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