Lutheran Care celebrated the outstanding service of six Community Visitors Scheme volunteers in September, who were successful in receiving Premier’s Certificates of Recognition earlier this year.
Together Sue Fackrell, Penny Pfitzner, Peter Rudiger, Dawn Spencer, Yvonne Gaca and Chris ‘Tigger’ Werner have a combined 115 years’ service in Lutheran Care’s Community Visitors Scheme program.
Over the years, each volunteer has brought significant joy, friendship and comfort to those they have visited.
Guests who attended the awards presentation heard some amazing stories from the volunteers, who were all very humble in receiving their certificates from Lutheran Care CEO Rohan Feegrade.
Mr Feegrade thanked the group for their extraordinary service and the impact they have had in reducing social isolation.
“Coming to these events really gives us the opportunity to reflect on what Lutheran Care really stands for and the work we do in communities,” Mr Feegrade said.
“Today we’ve talked about one part of life and Lutheran Care do the full spectrum of life. We are in people’s life from birth, right through to the stories we’ve heard today of last breath.
“Take great pride in that you are a part of something that is very big in terms of what we give to community. You are impacting people’s lives so deeply by just simply being a part of Lutheran Care.”
One of those volunteers is Dawn Spencer, who is 93 years old and in her 15th year of CVS volunteering. She has embraced change along the way and is happy to serve in any way she can.
“I’m an oldie,” Dawn joked. “But volunteering is worth it,” she said.
On accepting her certificate, Sue Fackrell said there were many benefits to being a volunteer with the Community Visitors Scheme.
“There have been so many wonderful people that I have learnt so much from,” Sue said.
“They’ve had so much life experience and I think it’s been a really heart-warming journey for me to be involved with so many different people along the way. I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Yvonne Gaca shared a similar sentiment when speaking. “I thoroughly enjoy what I’m doing, especially the nursing home that I go to now,” Yvonne said.
“I just have so much fun. If I can leave there and have had someone to laugh with, that’s great.”
The volunteers, including longstanding volunteer Julia Borgas, also received individual videos put together by Michaela Andreyev of the Story Keeper as a keepsake.
Lutheran Care is so grateful and blessed to have had these volunteers involved with the Community Visitors Scheme for so long and appreciates all they have done in their local South Australian communities.