Margaret Dedrick (centre), receives the annual Minister's Senior Service Award. Photo by Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council.
The annual Minister’s Senior Service Awards were held in Edmonton on September 9, 2019, recognizing exceptional volunteers and outstanding organizations.
CapitalCare Dickinsfield’s own volunteer, Margaret Dedrick, was nominated for this award, and was celebrated by Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, as well as MLA Jackie Lovely.
Margaret has volunteered for CapitalCare Dickinsfield for 39 years, in Spiritual Care, playing the piano for the Roman Catholic services each Friday. She is accompanied by a resident who plays his harmonica along with her, and together they bring the joy of music to those who attend.
Margaret also volunteers in the rosary group at McConnell Place North, assisting the residents there to pray the rosary. This familiar practice can be quite calming for the residents who have done so most of their life.
Susan Friedrich (centre), receives the annual Minister's Senior Service Award. Photo by Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council.
Susan Friedrich, who organizes the Christmas Angels group from Alberta Energy each year, was another volunteer who was recognized at the event. Susan and her group of Angels gather and shop for residents at CapitalCare centres who may not receive much for Christmas.
They look at each residents needs individually, then deliver the gifts in beautifully wrapped packages to be opened on Christmas morning.
The residents at CapitalCare are truly blessed by volunteers, Margaret and Susan among them.
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