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Brian Olivier
Widower turns tragedy into reason to volunteer

Everyone who volunteers at The Ottawa Hospital has a reason. For Brian Oliver, that reason was to pay tribute to the people who helped him and his wife, Elaine Oliver. In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 7to 13), meet Brian, who has a warm smile and a sharing spirit.

Nellie the therapy dog offers a welcome comfort to a patient
Nellie the therapy dog offers a welcome comfort to patients

Some dogs can do so much more than fetch a bone; some can help others in need. Nellie is a 11-year-old Collie, and a volunteer at The Ottawa Hospital. With some help from her handler, Claire Laroche, Nellie frequently visits The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, hoping to help lift patients’ spirits.

Dr. Les Melamed
Volunteer looked out for patients’ interests in hundreds of research studies

For 30 years, Dr. Les Melamed read research proposals and asked himself, “If I were a patient, would I want to be part of this study?” As a volunteer community representative on the Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board, Dr. Melamed helped weigh the benefits and risks of research proposals involving patients or their data.

Erin Murphy, Volunteer
From car collision to Outstanding Volunteer: patient travels long road

Winners never quit – rather, they find ways to adjust to a new lifestyle, to a new normal. Erin Murphy, who won The Ottawa Hospital’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Volunteer this year, has done just that since a collision left him with catastrophic injuries.

Stephen Rawlings put ribbons on medals
Familiar Faces Engraving supports people recovering from brain injuries

For the past 18 years, Familiar Faces Engraving – a trophy shop in Ottawa – has quietly offered volunteer opportunities to people from The Ottawa Hospital’s Robin Easey Centre, who are recovering from brain injuries and looking to return to the workforce.

Mike Soloski
Hands-on, meaningful work drives Cancer Centre volunteer

Mike Soloski wanted to do meaningful, hands-on volunteer work in his retirement, and he found his niche at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre. “This was the place where I felt as though, if I need to do some payback, here’s where it’s supposed to be.”

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