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Maxime Bilodeau, volunteer and staff member
‘I got discharged, and I never really left’: Former patient Maxime volunteers his coding skills

Maxime Bilodeau was inspired to volunteer with The Ottawa Hospital after spending time in the acute care and rehabilitation units. “I saw the work that a lot of the volunteers were doing. After I got discharged, as soon as I was able to, I started to volunteer,” he recalls.

Bao-Anh Vuong, member of the volunteer onboarding team
A busy nursing schedule hasn’t stopped Bao-Anh from volunteering

Bao-Anh Vuong has been volunteering with The Ottawa Hospital since high school. Now, 10 years later, she is a nurse at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and part of a team of experienced volunteers who recruit and onboard new volunteers.

Jocelyn Niven, volunteer with the virtual co-op program
Jocelyn inspires the next generation of health-care workers through virtual co-op program

For Jocelyn Niven, volunteering is a way of life. “It’s the way I was brought up,” she explains. “I come from an army family. My mum volunteered us for everything as far back as I remember.” Now a military veteran herself, Jocelyn is moderator of the hospital’s high school co-op program.

Joanna Reid, volunteer with the Chemo Teach program
Joanna helps guide chemotherapy patients through uncertain times

A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event marked by uncertainty. Though each patient’s journey is different, volunteer Joanna Reid and The Ottawa Hospital’s Chemo Teach program give patients beginning chemotherapy an overview of what they can expect from their treatment.

Claude Bédard, volunteer with The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
Claude serves coffee and companionship at the Rehabilitation Centre

Retiree Claude Bédard volunteers with The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. After partnering with the Centre’s recreation department, Claude and a few other volunteers began hosting a coffee club, serving coffee and good conversation to patients twice a week.

Anne-Marie Hartford, courtesy calls team lead
Med school hopeful Anne-Marie helps patients navigate hospital COVID protocols

If you’ve visited any hospital in the past two years, you may understand the stresses of keeping up with COVID-19 protocols. Throughout the pandemic, Anne-Marie Hartford has provided clarity to patients and their families.

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