The Heart and Stroke Foundation recognizes the significant ongoing contribution made by its volunteers. A recognition program is in place to ensure that all volunteers may receive consistent and appropriate recognition for their efforts.
2015 Heart of Gold Award for Volunteering
82 Year Old Bea has been volunteering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation for over 20 years. Amongst all of her activities including visiting Jump schools and supporting our Big Bike event days, Bea is best known for her leadership within the Heart & Stroke Canvass. She has raised over $60,000, and over $3,000 this year alone, donating countless number of volunteer hours year after year.
“It’s just something I was asked to do many years ago,” said Bea. “I think it’s a really good thing, it saves a lot of lives. That’s what we’re here for, to help people.”
She’s known to brave the cold weather each year supporting a cause she believes in – a cause helping to create survivors.
To honour her incredible contributions, the Heart and Stroke Foundation presented Bea with the 2015 Heart of Gold Volunteer Award. Bea’s passion, support and dedication to our mission have truly helped create survivors!
Annual Telephone Thank You Program
The Annual Telephone Thank You Program takes place in May each year and reaches close to 4,500 people. A group of researchers, board members and heart or stroke survivor’s volunteer an evening to personally call and thank the thousands of amazing volunteers who participate in the Person to Person campaign throughout BC & Yukon.
The Person to Person canvassers go door to door during our Heart Month in February to raise funds for life saving research and health promotion programs. The canvassers get great satisfaction from speaking to a researcher and hearing that their hard work enabled the researcher to continue his/her project. The thank you coming from a heart or stroke survivor is especially moving.
This program has definitely helped the Foundation retain our “Extraordinary” Person to Person Volunteers year to year.