NNPCN Annual General Meeting (AGM)
NNPCN Annual General Meeting AGM 2016
NNPCN Main Office, St. Joseph’s Motherhouse, Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5 to 8 PM
You are cordially invited to NNPCN Annual General Meeting AGM 2016, on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at our Main Office in North Bay, St. Joseph’s Motherhouse, 2025 Main St. W., North Bay, ON, P1B 2X6. Please confirm your participation. Phone 705-497-9239. Email: [email protected]
AGM Dinner to be served at 5 PM at the big dining room, St. Joseph’s Motherhouse, Basement. AGM follows at 6 PM, at the Conference Room, First Floor. Entertainment to close the evening, from 7 to 8 PM.
NNPCN active volunteers, the event is free of charge for you. RSVP.
Open to the public upon reservation. To participate in the meal (open public): $25.00
NNPCN Annual General Meeting
During our 2014 AGM, our volunteers were asked to answer this question:
“As a Volunteer at NNPCN, what would you consider to be the qualities of a rewarding experience? In other words, what have been your most rewarding experiences?”
Here are some of the answers of our awesome volunteers in point form!
A big thank you to our Board Director Marlene Silva Lamarche for compiling the answers!
Most Rewarding Experiences of Volunteering in a Welcoming and Caring Organization:
• I have done something good and helped out
• I eased a burden
• Satisfaction that you made a difference
• An authentic experience
• Learning from client
• Being present/witness
• Builds strength for the family, the client and the volunteer – self-growth and awareness
• Have a connection to the client, family, and organization
• Validated and acknowledged
• Genuine people
• Good comes through you
• Privileged and sharing
• Acceptance of our own mortality
• Joyous people
• Peacefulness, love, energy – aura
• Together – not alone in isolation
• Teams that support each other
• A witness – seeing and finding sense of self – integrating loss into our lives
• Challenge of working with the mentally ill
• It is a learning experience
• Developing trust relationships
• Kindness of peers
• Value of touch to connect in a meaningful way
• Taking a personal experience and converting it into a community service
• Comforting people
• Holding their hands while dying
• Listening, connecting, and being there for the family
• Learning more about yourself while working with good people (like-minded volunteers) and developing new friendships
• Sharing and learning from clients, stories, and experiences
• Improving communication skills and learning patience
• Honoured – being welcomed into their families; being allowed to be present and partaking the dying experience (end of life) with our clients; helping to fulfill their last wishes by giving them the gift of listening.
• Reconciliation of family dynamics
• Genuine gratitude of clients and their families; providing them with respite (exhausted families)
• Another aspect of nursing, initially, but Joan inspired me to stay
• Past experiences with grieving
• Inspired by other models of palliative and hospice care
• Making an impact
• Understanding the importance of the younger generations’ involvement
• Giving back a talent
• Giving back to the community what it gave to me
• Joy, Acceptance of the situation and Fulfilment
• Working in a nursing home, it bothered me how people died alone
• Working at a hospital, I was looking for a way to develop a fully working structure to provide palliative care services
• Rewarding experience by making people laugh or just smile, seeing families and client appreciating the services that they receive, and their expressions of gratitude
• To be able to “be there” for someone and meet their needs
• Making them and their families happy and grateful and relieving the stress of others while you are present in their home
• Honoured to help build the confidence of family members and/or other caregivers to provide their loved ones with care after you have left their residence.
• It is simply incredible to provide clients and family members with a safe environment in which they can communicate their feelings, share their experiences, or tell about something from their past they had never shared before.
• To be part of a group of volunteers, and not only see, but feel their common passion in what they do: this is unbelievably contagious, inspiring and influential.
“I joined NNPCN as a Board member to discover the ways they provide their services.”
Marlene Silva Lamarche, NNPCN Board Director
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Near North Palliative Care Network is holding its Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on October 5th at the Royal Canadian Legion in the Canada Room. It will begin at 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
This year in conjuction with the AGM and Volunteer Appreciation dinner we are excited to announce that we will be holding an Educational Conference that is open to the public at a cost of $25. This cost will include a lunch, presentation from our speaker, and a panel discussion. All of this is FREE to volunteers of the Near North Palliative Care Network.
The presenter will be Doris Howell, RN PhD, RBC Chair in Oncology Nursing Research and Education. Doris is a scientist with the Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Ontario Cancer Institute, University Health Network. Associate Professor at Bloomberg Nursing teaching oncology nursing in the master’s program.
In conjunction with Dr. Howell’s presentation, there will be a Panel Discussion with members of the palliative community on Pain and Symptom Management at the bedside:
Moderator: Dr. Susan Srigley, Nipissing University Faculty of Arts & Science, Chair; Religions & Cultures, Associate Professor
- Doris Howell – presenter
- Heather McGuinty – CCAC Palliative Case Manager
- Colleen Piekarsky – Northeastern Ontario Pain and Symptom Management Consultant
- Carol Owens – NNPCN Volunteer Trainer
- Patricia Rancourt – NNPCN Respite volunteer
- Marilyn Weingartner – NNPCN Volunteer Trainer
NNPCN Members, RSVP us by September 20th.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
To Register :
Online: nnpcn.com , “Donate Today” button
Conference & Lunch: $25.00
DEADLINE: SEPT 20th, 2013