Volunteer of the Month - March

2 April 2024 | News

The Volunteer of the Month Award for March 2024 was awarded to the team of volunteers at Alzheimers Marlborough.

At the southern end of Blenheim, a remarkable team of volunteers at Alzheimers Marlborough has been tirelessly serving individuals and families affected by Alzheimers Disease. Their dedication and compassion have recently earned them a group award for Volunteer of the Month, recognising their valuable contributions to the community.

"After my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers, it would have been a very stressful time without the facility here," shared Maureen Powell, one of the sizeable team. "It's such a great resources, and a support system for clients and family."

At Alzheimers Marlborough, volunteers like Maureen embody the organisation's mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimers and dementia. Whether providing companionship, assisting with daily tasks, driving the van to transport clients, or offering emotional support, their impact is profound and far-reaching.

"All the clients have so much to give and are always so appreciative of the time we spend here," says Jeanette Vervaart. "My husband was one of the drivers here for more than 20 years and somehow I became the Treasurer. Now I come along when I'm needed and do whatever is asked of me."

In addition to their hands-on care, the volunteers at Alzheimers Marlborough are passionate advocates for education and awareness surrounding the disease. Through their own and shared experiences, they strive to empower individuals with knowledge and resources to navigate the challenges of memory loss. The volunteers' collaborative spirit and tireless efforts exemplify the power of unity in effecting positive change. Together, they form a network of support and solidarity, dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those they serve.

Bridget George says that whether it's the everyday activities like the Wither Road Club, the one-off events like the fundraising book sale, or going out with the van driver to collect clients to come to the centre, they all chip-in. "It was something I started volunteering my time for after my husband passed from Alzheimers. I got so much support and now it's my turn to give back," she says.

As we celebrate the team of volunteers of Alzheimers Marlborough as recipients of the Volunteer of the Month Award, we express our gratitude and admiration for their dedication, compassion, and efforts. Their impact extends far beyond words, leaving a lasting legacy of kindness and support in the fight against Alzheimers.

(Photo [L-R]: Catherine Donnelly (Manager - Alzheimers Marlborough), Sylvia Ashdown, Bridget George, Alison Bishop, Jeanette Vervaart, Linda Robbins, Margaret Boyce, Jennifer Scott, Joyce Marsh, Graeme Faulkner, Maureen Powell, Allan Johnston, Paul Gunningham, Alistair Sowman, Euan McLauchlan)

Keen to give volunteering a go? Curious about where you can share your existing skills and experience, or build new ones? Get in touch with our team at Volunteer Marlborough on 03-577-9388, email vm@volunteermarlborough.org.nz, or visit our website.

Thank you to New World Blenheim for sponsoring our Volunteer of the Month Award.