Betty MacPhee got just what she wanted for her birthday; another way to help others.
The Shubenacadie woman decided to celebrate her 65th birthday with a supper, and those who planned to attend were asked to give $25 to the VON. Some of those who were unable to be there donated anyway, and almost $3,500 was raised.
That’s the sprit that resulted in MacPhee receiving the VON Canada Award of Distinction this year.
“I was very humbled and pleased when I got the call saying I was this year’s recipient,” she said. “VON is a great organization that does a lot of good things.”
She got involved with VON 13 years ago. She’d retired from teaching and someone she knew asked her if she’d consider volunteering with the organization.
MacPhee first looked into the organization because her parents were at the stage where they needed some help, but when she saw everything VON was doing she decided she wanted to be a part of it.
“I realized there was so much, and I thought people needed to know VON is more than nursing and home care,” she said.
“We offer frozen meals, volunteer transportation, the adult day program, and Vial of Life.”
She was involved in getting more programs into East Hants. She’s also helped with projects, been on committees – at both the local and national level-, and recruited and developed new board members. She’s spoken at 100 Women Who Care events, in both Truro and East Hants, leading to gifts totaling $6,100 for VON Colchester-East Hants.
“It’s a great organization, and we’re always looking for volunteers with many different skills,” she said. “You don’t have to be a director, but we’re always looking for more directors too. Colchester-East Hants is a fairly large area, and we want to have people from different areas, because they know the needs in their communities.
Anyone interested in learning more about being involved with VON is invited to call the Truro office at 902-893-3803.
Frozen Favourites offers meals, at a cost of $6 each, that can be ordered y calling the Truro VON office. There are specialty meals, such as low sodium, vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free, and renal diet. The meals can be picked up at the VON office, 14 Court St., Unit 100 (at the back of the Superstore building) or, for a small fee, they can be delivered.