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Recognition Event Shines Light on APD Volunteers

May 27, 2011—In appreciation of its dedicated volunteers, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition event on Monday, May 23, with guest speaker, journalist and writer, Christopher Wren.

More than 60 volunteers and auxilians attended the event, which celebrates and acknowledges their extraordinary efforts. “Our volunteers play an integral role in the quality and friendliness of the APD experience,” said Harry G. Dorman, III, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “The purpose of this event is to say thank you for their support and commitment to APD and to shine a light on their important work.”

Guest speaker Christopher Wren, New York Times journalist and former news bureau chief in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa and Johannesburg, and author of Walking to Vermont, shared insights from his post-retirement walk from his NY Times office to Vermont. “Walking 400 miles in five weeks was much more about my state of mind than the destination,” shares Wren. "I had stumbled upon the secret of how utterly irrelevant chronological age is.”

APD volunteers, ranging in age from 19 to 90, dedicated over 7,100 volunteer hours during 2010. These hours are the equivalent of $153,000 in donated manpower. “We are so very grateful to our volunteers,” shares Jane Darby, Coordinator of Volunteer Services. “They are the welcoming face of APD and truly make a difference to our patients and our staff.”