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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

Former patient transforms into super volunteer

December 01, 2015

Volunteer puts in 460 hours over five years at Villa Caritas and Misericordia Community Hospital

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Harry Lutzer has volunteered approximately 460 hours at the Misericordia Community Hospital and Villa Caritas over the past 5 years.

After spending four months in intensive care and four monthsin rehabilitation at the Misericordia Community Hospital, volunteer Harry Lutzer says the care and attention he received made him want to provide service to others. 

“Because Harry received compassionate care as a patient, he has mirrored this life changing experience by infusing his own life and stories into the people he serves weekly,” says Brenda Shim, Manager, Volunteer Services, Misericordia and Villa Caritas. “At the heart of his volunteering is his intent and focus to ensure that each experience he has with a patient is a quality one.” 

“My time is theirs from the time I meet with them until the time I leave to go home for the day,” says Harry Lutzer.

Harry was just named “Volunteer of the Year“ by the Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA). The ACCA Awards of Excellence highlights individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in continuing care. Harry demonstrated exemplary client care through a commitment to quality, compassion, excellence and enriching patient lives.

Villa Caritas volunteer Harry Lutzer receiving the “Volunteer of the Year Award” at the Gala Event at the Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA) 2015 Conference.

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Villa Caritas volunteer Harry Lutzer receiving the “Volunteer of the Year Award” at the Gala Event at the Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA) 2015 Conference. 

Harry currently works with patients at Villa Caritas where he interacts with seniors receiving care for cognitive function challenges.

Whether he is taking a person for a walk outside on a warm day, talking to them about what is important to them, singing with them or participating in other activities, Brenda says his focus is 100 per cent on patients.

“He knows that it matters and this fuels him to continue.”

Harry is also involved with St. Thomas, a Covenant Care facility in Edmonton:  he was a Chairman of the Residence Committee from 2010 – 2014.  He continues his service by remaining involved in events and presentations as well as providing one to one support, motivation and inspiration promoting well-being.