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Health system looking for volunteers

The health sector in both Saskatchewan and Alberta is looking for community volunteers to pitch in with things like pet visits, recreation or even the gift shop.

Officials say as the health sector continues to increase services following the last two-years they are looking to bring back support programs that provide care, comfort and companionship to patients and residents in various facilities.

Things like navigating the acute care system, meals on wheels or even music are areas that community members could lend a hand to support a care facility.

The Alberta Health Services central zone which includes Lloydminster Continuing Care and Dr. Cooke Extended Care, as well as  Kitscoty, Vermilion, Wainwright, Two Hills, Hardisty, Mannville, Provost and Islay have volunteer opportunities listed on the AHS website.

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For the Saskatchewan Health Authority officials say that prior to the pandemic, the SHA had a strong volunteer base and they are looking to rebuild the volunteer team.

Volunteer options listed online include the Jubilee Home, Meals on Wheels as well as the gift shop at the Lloydminster Hospital. Also opportunities are listed in Cut Knife, Maidstone, Neilburg, St. Walburg, Edam, Turtleford, Unity, Macklin and other areas.

Officials are encouraging volunteerism as a great way to give back to your community, learn about careers in healthcare, forge lifelong friendships, and make a meaningful impact on the lives of patients and their families. Training and mentorship will be provided.

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