All Jewish organizations in and around Hamilton are given the opportunity to nominate one Jewish volunteer for their outstanding volunteer contributions to their organization.
The Shem Tov Awards took place at the Hamilton Jewish Federation’s AGM meeting at the Beth Jacob Synagogue.
Sandy was so excited to be nominated and receive the award from Shalom Village.
Besides receiving the award, Sandy also presented the Shem Tov Award for Beth Tikvah, she presented 4 students with awards of excellence for their volunteering and accepted another award on behalf of her brother-in-law.
Sandy Morris is an amazing and dependable volunteer who has been visiting with residents at Shalom Village for 15 years. Her compassion, patience, warm heart, friendly smile and ability to connect with the residents have enabled her to build meaningful friendships and relationships with our residents and staff.
Sandy has been volunteering within the Palliative Care program at Shalom Village for the last 8 years. Palliative Care is the care given to residents at the end stage of their life. Sandy visits with these residents and uses her skills as a trained palliative caregiver to offer support to the residents and their families as well as spend time with residents during their final days.
Sandy is also volunteering in the new Namaste Care program which started at Shalom Village in January this year. Shalom Village is the first facility in Canada to have a Namaste Care program, which is a program to help improve the quality of life for people with advanced stage dementia by providing meaningful activities with a loving touch approach, as they can no longer participate in traditional activity programs. Sandy is part of a team of researchers, staff and other volunteers who facilitate the program weekly, ensuring each resident is comfortable, hydrated, receives a massage and some individual attention and care.
Sandy is truly an amazing volunteer whose dedication to her role is greatly valued. Shalom Village would like to recognize Sandy within the greater Jewish community for her outstanding work.
A quote from Sandy about what volunteering at Shalom Village means to her:
“Volunteering at Shalom Village reminds me of former times when my grandmother and then my mother lived with us. I learnt not only to listen to my elders but to respect them. The same applies at Shalom Village. Even if a resident cannot speak, we can talk to them and show our affection by touch and by being sensitive to their fragile temperaments. Remember to honour our forefathers.”