In typically modest fashion, June Quinlan and Janice Bishop were surprised to be awarded for their volunteering recently, but they are known to us at Ozcare as the epitome of the volunteering spirit.
The pair of Townsville residents are regulars at Ozcare’s Villa Vincent Aged Care Facility helping out with activities, organising morning teas, and spending time with residents with tireless energy and a friendly word for all.
We share the stories of these two exception women who bring such joy to our residents.
June has been a volunteer at Ozcare Villa Vincent since 1961, when the original operators of the aged care facility, Sisters of Mercy, called for the formation of two committees to help raise funds for the construction of a home for the aged. Villa Vincent came into being in 1964 because of the endeavours of those two committees.
As a member of the women’s committee, June was involved in organising raffles, bridge mornings, functions, as well as seeking donations and applying for grants. Rugs were crocheted, plants were potted, cakes were baked, and musical concerts were held – all in an endeavour to fundraise.
June was secretary from 1986 to 2002 at Villa and continued fundraising to purchase a bus for the facility as well as a myriad of other items to make life more comfortable for the residents. As there were no people employed to arrange entertainment for residents, any activities were provided by volunteers. In 2002, Villa Vincent was purchased by Ozcare and even after the diversional therapy team was established to provide a calendar of activities and events, June has continued her volunteering.
Today, June visits Villa Vincent four or five times a week to offer her services. She escorts residents on outings to shopping centres, assists them to the chapel for morning Mass, and helps with other activities.
Always humble, June insists that she is only one of innumerable people, both young and old, who volunteer and she enjoys the rewards it brings. After 56 years of service, June remains a familiar, much loved and valued volunteer at the facility.
At the 2017 Volunteer Queensland Awards, June was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering Award. Despite her sense of simply being “one of the volunteers”, June is a particularly special woman who has given to others all her life. Her passion, dedication and contributions to volunteering across the decades are truly inspiring.
Janice and her husband Allen began volunteering at Ozcare Villa Vincent in 2010. Janice volunteers full time, 40 hours a week, and can also be found here on Saturdays when musical events are held.
Janice is described as an ‘all-rounder’ by Yolanda Berthelsen, who leads the diversional therapy team and finds Janice’s assistance invaluable.
Janice helps with the mobilisation of residents from their rooms to appointments and activities, assists with shopping and lunch outings, visits residents and reads to them or plays games with them, facilitates trivia and other whiteboard word games, helps decorate the facility for events, helps with the organisation of morning and afternoon teas, acts as a mentor to incoming volunteers, and is always there to lend a hand with the tidying up.
Janice was recognised this year as the 2017 Quota Woman of the Year, after being nominated by the daughter of one of Villa’s residents.
Janice says that volunteering is all about bringing a smile to the faces of the residents and listening to their stories from back in the day.
“Volunteers add to the quality of life for the residents, and volunteering at Ozcare Villa Vincent puts life into perspective for people,” Janice said.
Congratulations to Janice Bishop for her exemplary commitment to volunteering and for gaining an award which is richly deserved.
Volunteering at Ozcare
As a non-profit organisation, we appreciate any assistance the community can offer to help us deliver our services to the community.
There are many different services that you can choose to donate your time; for a few hours or as a regular weekly volunteer:
- Aged Care Facilities
- Home Care
- Meals on Wheels, Warwick
- Day Respite Centres
- Homeless Hostels
- Women’s Refuges
- Mental Health Services
- Disability Services
- The Bush Connection, Toowoomba
You will need a National Police Check before you apply for a volunteer position, but if your application is successful we will reimburse the cost to you.
To volunteer, contact us now on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).