LEWISTON – Sisters of Charity Health System volunteers were recently honored at a recognition dinner with 165 of the organization’s 208 volunteers in attendance.

Many of the honorees came “dressed to the nines” for the themed “Roaring Twenties and All That Jazz” event. The Carriage House Plus Banquet Hall was decorated to fit the era with black and white linens, red rose centerpieces, dance floor complete with mirrored ball overhead, and jazz music playing in the background.

Rounding out the festivities were door prizes donated by community businesses and participation of several students of Diane Williams, local dance instructor, who demonstrated the fox trot and the swing.

Joining the volunteers were a number of senior leadership team staff members from Sisters of Charity as well as Vice President of Human Resources Kevin Healey, who addressed the honorees, commenting on the outstanding qualities demonstrated by volunteers and the positive impact they make in the organization and all it serves.

Joyce Paradis, director of volunteers services, praised the volunteers for 32,000 hours of dedication and service in 2004, and highlighted several new volunteer-driven services leading to overall program growth. Volunteer recognition gifts were distributed.

Among those presented pin awards were the following volunteers recognized for varying levels of total service hours as of Dec. 31, 2004:

22,000 hours: Palma Bourgoin, Auburn.

15,000 hours: Laurianne Cormier and Dot Doyle, Lewiston.

10,000 hours: Millie Roy, Lewiston.

7,000 hours: Murielle Turmenne, Lewiston.

3,000 hours: Therese Baumer, Emile Caron, Rose Derocher, Pricilla Fournier, Irene Lanois and Georgette Meannealy, Lewiston; Germaine LaMontagne, Auburn.

2,000 hours: Tina Denis, Theresa Dion, Rita Fournier and Leola Gendreau, Lewiston; Amy Dulac, Greene; Aline Strout, Lisbon Falls.

1,000 hours: Jeannette Albert and Alexina Cyr, Lisbon Falls; Donna Allen, Noella Gauthier, Pauline Grenier and Jan Sites, Lewiston; Bette Arsenault, Anita Boulay, Roland Brochu, Cathy Collins and Judith Iler, Auburn; Shirley Beaule, Sabattus; Glenda Bergeron, Harpswell; Frank Steele, Rumford.

500 hours: Rita Beaulieu, Cecile Brodeur, Eileen Hangley, Lucille Hobbs, Kay and Lee Koss, Donna Lalonde, Sr. Rita Lariviere, Charlie Lebrasseur, Rose McCloskey, Lionel Morency, Guy Nadeau, Connie Pelletier, Sheila Sylvester, Muriel Vachon, James Wohlrob, Beth and John Convey, Ed Groleau, Amanda Katula.

100 hours: Cecile Bilodeau, Pamela Black, Bill Brock, Derek Marquis, Diane McLafferty, Loretta Pinkham, Sue Rodrigue, Paulette Blackburn, Louise Chabot, Peter Clifford, Stella D’Amour, Dot Dube, Tony Michaud, Dick, Rella St. Pierre, Susan Sirois, Sheri Verville, Claudette Violette, Dennis Whitmore, Sharon Cosgrove, Bob Desbiens, Betty Derosier, Derrick Kolbe, Eveline St. Pierre, John Kang, Belinda Kleeberger, Amy Strout.

The Volunteer Services Department would welcome additional adult volunteers. Expanded volunteer initiatives include the Life Line Program and a new regional American Cancer Society Resource Center, which will be based at the hospital.

Anyone who would like to become a volunteer should call Joyce Paradis at 777-8369.

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