Southern Cross Care WA celebrates volunteers’ contributions to enriching people’s lives

22 Dec 2021

By Contributor

Three long-serving and dedicated volunteers at Southern Cross Care WA have been awarded Volunteer Appreciation awards for their significant contribution to the lives of residents, clients and their families.

New Southern Cross Care WA CEO Clare Grieveson (left) with volunteers Angelina Pelliccioti and Betty Flynn (centre), Head of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services Dr Ian Simms (back) and Volunteer Services Assistant Chelsea Farquhar (right) at the awards event. Photo: Supplied.

Collectively, Angelina Pelliccioti (20 years), Betty Flynn (15 years) and Sanda Vaz (15 years) have generously given their time and support to make a difference in the lives of the elderly at Southern Cross Care’s residential care homes.

All three volunteers are members of the Legion of Mary, a parish-based, lay organisation with origins in Ireland that focusses on spirituality, friendship and practical support. It works under the direction of the local parish priest and engages in companionship visits to homes, transportation to activities and help with attending Mass.

Both Betty and Angelina are members of the Legion of Mary in Maida Vale while Sandra is a member of the Legion in the Success area. Angelina and Betty assist the mass at Jeremiah Donovan House, facilitate the Rosary Prayer and visit all residents regardless of their religious persuasion, especially on their birthdays.

Sandra is a volunteer at Frank Prendergast House, where she assists with the Mass and the Rosary and has been a tremendous support to the spiritual care that is offered at the residential home in Success.

The annual Volunteer Appreciation breakfast celebrates and recognises the valued role of volunteers, paying tribute to how they make an enormous difference to the lives of people living at Southern Cross Care aged care homes.