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Volunteer Service Award for Sister Joan Manning

Twelve Sisters of Providence witnessed Sister Joan Manning and 24 other volunteers throughout the Sisters of Providence Health System receive their respective service award pins at the April 27 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Mercy Medical Center.

Sister Joan, a greeter for Mercy Life Labs, received her 15-year service pin.


Sister Senga with Sister Joan

“When Sister Caroline Smith was director of volunteer services,” commented Sister Joan, “from time to time her secretary would ask me to help out in the office. Then Sister Caroline asked if I would be interested in various volunteer spots. I chose the Blood Bank. Now it’s named Life Labs. I welcome folks and organize their information. You get to know those who routinely come in; they get to know you, and I really like that.”

“You can’t always measure what a volunteer does,” Nancy Reilly, volunteer director, noted, “because most often it is not about what they do, but how they make you feel.”

Expressing gratitude
In her comments, guest speaker Sister of Providence Councilor Senga Fulton addressed the volunteers, “On behalf of the Sisters of Providence, we want you to know we are most grateful for how you carry on the mission and values so dear to the Sisters as you often times come in direct contact with the people we strive to serve. You volunteer for different reasons, but whatever the reason, you give someone hope, strength, and courage to face another day because you took the time to care and to listen.”


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