The volunteers of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County were honored recently at an awards ceremony and luncheon at the Roger Sherman Inn. Nine volunteers were singled out and received special recognition for their outstanding commitment, compassion and dedication to service.
Janet Lebovitz and Nancy Rauscher, both of New Canaan, received awards for their work on the Development Committee of the agency's board of directors; Susanne Palmer received an award for her volunteer work at the New Canaan Thrift Shop; Marilyn Dugan received an award for her volunteer work at the Turnover Shop; Marie Cullen received an award for her work as a volunteer peer counselor; Julie Sweeney received the Hospice Patient Care award; Mary McCabe received the Office Support award; and Dr. Robert Dresdner received an award for his volunteer work on the agency's Medical and Professional Advisory Committee.
Karen Hale received the agency's highest honor -- The Carol B. Bauer Community Spirit Award -- for her outstanding volunteer service working with Hospice and Life Focus patients.
"This award was established in honor of Carol Bauer, a longtime resident of New Canaan, whose spirit of support and devotion to volunteerism is unmatched in the community," said Agency President and CEO, Sharon M. Bradley. "The Carol B. Bauer Award is presented each year to that special individual who embodies the ideals and spirit of volunteerism. It is given to acknowledge selfless devotion, compassion and caring."
Bauer, who presented the award, added, "Karen Hale exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism. It is with deep gratitude and great pleasure that we recognize Karen for her exceptional contribution to the mission of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County."