Amazing Volunteers and Supervisors

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2017 marked our second year of the TRI Volunteer of the Year Award and the TRI Supervisor of Volunteers Award. These awards were created in partnership with Toronto Rehab Foundation to celebrate Volunteers who have made a significant difference in the lives of our patients and Supervisors who provide exceptional leadership and support to our Volunteers.

We are grateful to all of our incredible Volunteers and Supervisors of Volunteers who so generously give their time and expertise. 

Our 2017 winners are (click on names to learn more):

2017 Volunteer of the Year Awards
  • CRISTINA CASTELLVI, Unit Support Volunteer, Neuro ABI – University Centre
  • JOSEPH MAKANJUOLA, Team Lead Unit Support, Neuro Stroke and Research Support Volunteer- University Centre
2017 Supervisor of Volunteers Awards
  • TRACEY DION, Recreation Therapist, Geriatric Rehab - University Centre
  • CRAIG MILLER, Rehabilitation Therapist, Neuro ABI – University Centre
Congratulations to all who were nominated and to our four winners for 2017!

In photo (above): Neuro ABI winners Craig Miller and Cristina Castellvi

Unit Support Volunteer, Neuro ABI – University Centre

September 2017 will mark 13 years of volunteering with Toronto Rehab for Cristina!!  She began her volunteer experience at TRI in the capacity of a Group Program Rehab Therapy Support Volunteer on the Neuro ABI Unit at University Centre. This role has changed into that of a Unit Support role, but the interactions Cristina has enjoyed with the patients on Neuro ABI has remained unchanged.  Cristina has also been instrumental in mentoring new Unit Support Volunteers on the Neuro ABI unit; her patient and thoughtful approach, as well as her follow up with new volunteers, is unmatched.

A nominator said of Cristina, “She has volunteered here for over a decade, never losing her interest or waning in her efforts to brighten patients’ days.” 

Thank you, Cristina, for making a difference at Toronto Rehab.

Team Lead Unit Support, Neuro Stroke and Research Support Volunteer- University Centre

Joseph has been volunteering with TRI University Centre since July 2014 and has held the leadership role of Team Lead: Unit Support for the Neuro Stroke program since May 2015. Joseph takes his leadership role and his responsibilities seriously and exemplifies the virtues of an engaged Unit Support Volunteer. He has a genuine compassion for the patients on the unit and he is also committed to ensuring that new Unit Support Volunteers on Neuro Stroke receive the support they require as they begin their volunteer experience.

Joseph has also been volunteering in our Research Department at TRI UC since September 2016.

A nominator said of Joseph, “Joseph possesses multifunctional team skills.  He has the ability to understand challenges from the perspective of the patients, the family members and the staff on the unit.”

Thank you, Joseph, for making a difference at Toronto Rehab.

Recreation Therapist, Geriatric Rehab - University Centre

Tracey Dion always has a smile on her face. That happy demeanour translates well in her role as a Recreation Therapist on the Geriatric Rehab Unit at Toronto Rehab University Centre. It also makes for a great fit as the unit's Volunteer Supervisor, where she supervises volunteers in such Therapeutic Recreation programs as Creative Arts and the Gardening/Games Group, the Pet Therapy program and the George Linton Music program, where the successful applicant provides a series of concerts for patients.   Tracey is always a welcoming face to volunteers on the unit and is always willing to provide guidance and suggestions to the volunteers in order to ensure the best support for the patients on Geriatric Rehab.  Her communication with the volunteers is exceptional.

Nominators used terms of “always inspires me,” “so supportive,” “respect, smiles, patience, knowledge,” “positive attitude and cheerful demeanor,” and “dedication and optimistic spirit” to describe how they feel about Tracey, her role as a Volunteer Supervisor and her impact on the unit.

Thank you, Tracey, for making a difference at Toronto Rehab.

Rehabilitation Therapist, Neuro ABI – University Centre

“He has always taken the time to connect well with the volunteers, learn more about their interests and offer pointers on how to interact effectively with patients.  Craig has inspired many to seriously consider Rehabilitation Sciences as a career aspiration.”  What more could you ask for from a Volunteer Supervisor than what this nominator submitted about Craig Miller? 

Craig supervises Rehab Therapy Support Volunteers on the 10th floor Neuro ABI unit.  He also interacts with and guides Unit Support volunteers who are in during his shift.  Craig has some long standing volunteers with his programs; no doubt the fact that he treats these volunteers with respect and as a part of the team are a big part of the reason as to why they stay.

Thank you, Craig, for making a difference at Toronto Rehab.