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2011 Mary Turner and Shirley Reid

Each year, the D-H Auxiliary Board presents an award to an outstanding volunteer. This award for excellence in volunteering is given in honor of Edith Amsden. Edith was a dedicated and devoted volunteer at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital for nearly 50 years. While this award recognizes a commitment of time, it is primarily in recognition of the extraordinary desire and ability to improve the quality of life for those at DHMC. Volunteers are nominated for this award who set a high standard of volunteerism with their loyalty and dedication, and are inspirations for other volunteers to follow.

This year's first recipient is Mary Turner. Mary joined us in 2003. Over the past 8 years, Mary has served as both an Escort and Information Desk Volunteer. As a member of the D-H Auxiliary Board, Mary has provided leadership as Escort Team Co-Chair, D-H Auxiliary Board Events Committee Chair, D-H Auxiliary Secretary, and Grants Committee member. In her tenure as Events Committee Chair, Mary planned the three part lecture series entitled "Past, Present, and Future" that celebrated the 75th anniversary of the D-H Auxiliary in 2008. Mary has given nearly 2,000 hours of Service.

Mary, you have set a high standard of volunteerism, your loyalty and dedication are inspirations to us all. We are truly honored to present you with the 2011 Edith Amsden Award for Excellence in Volunteering.

Our second Amsden Award Recipient is Shirley Reid. Shirley has been a DHMC volunteer since 1997 and has given nearly 7,000 hours of service. She is well known because the many areas and special projects she has touched. Shirley has served as an Escort Volunteer, Surgical Waiting Room, and Information Desk volunteer. She has been involved in Special Projects such as the Blood Drives, Holiday Decorations and Flu Clinics. Shirley served on the D-H Auxiliary Board as Escort Co-Chair and member of the Grants committee. Shirley identified a need in the Same Day program for discharge assistance in the evenings. She created a 4:00-6:00 p.m. Escort shift and has worked this shift herself several nights a week for several years.

In 2009 The DHMC Office of the Presidents awarded Shirley with the Outstanding Community Ambassador award.

Shirley, your dedication, commitment, and leadership, make you an outstanding volunteer.

We extend our Congratulations on this Amsden Award!