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For Alice Chatelain, volunteering is a full-time labour of love

April 20, 2018
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They did some math over at Centre d’accueil Champlain when Alice Chatelain received a Sovereign Medal last week. They figure that Alice, since May 2010 alone, has put in 11,443 hours of volunteer time at the long-term care home in Vanier.

Alice Chatelain

That works out to about 28 hours per week.

What has she been doing? Everything.

Alice is president of the  Auxiliary, which raises money for everything from medical equipmentto furniture. She has helped with Bingos, organized sing-alongs, assisted with palliative care, accompanied residents on medical appointments and run the tuck shop.

All this while sporting the biggest brightest smile you’ve ever seen, because to Alice, volunteer work is not work .

“It helps people to see that I’m smiling all the time,” Alice says. “I’m very happy with what I do here. I enjoy working with the residents. It gives me great satisfaction.”

Alice has actually been volunteering at Centre d’accueil Champlain in various capacities since 1977. For these efforts she was awarded last week with a Sovereign Medal for Volunteers on behalf Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

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