Volunteer with a healing touch
April 11, 2022
Margaret Vyhlidal has been a regular volunteer at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre since 2019. Throughout the pandemic, she has been there for residents, helping wherever the need is greatest.
“I just really enjoy interacting with individuals and communicating with others – specifically with the population of individuals at the Edmonton General. I just find volunteering there gives me a sense of fulfillment.”
Margaret works closely with the recreation team that organizes many activities to keep residents engaged. She has volunteered at tea parties, music and social events.
But it’s the Hand to Hand program which provides opportunities for conversation and hand massages for residents, that she is most passionate about.
“The residents are so grateful during the whole time you’re massaging their hands. It’s like they’re sitting down with a friend and are telling them about their day. It’s very comforting and the residents really enjoy it.”
Margaret, a graduate student with the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta, is studying to become a physician. She believes what she’s doing now will help her become a better person – and a better physician.
“Learning to effectively communicate with residents is an important skill I’ve taken from my experience here. I’ve recognized the importance of patience, respect, and compassion when communicating with others, and plan to build on this skill throughout my career.”
April 24-30 is National Volunteer Week. We are grateful to all our Covenant volunteers.