Volunteers of NSHA: Meet Nancy Winchester of Yarmouth Regional Hospital

Retiree Nancy Winchester volunteers at Yarmouth Regional Hospital's information desk (Submitted).
Retiree Nancy Winchester volunteers at Yarmouth Regional Hospital's information desk (Submitted).

For a few hours each month, patients at Yarmouth Regional Hospital are greeted by Nancy Winchester’s bright smile.

Winchester shares her retirement time with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) by greeting and helping employees, patients and families at the information desk.

After a 38-year career at Yarmouth Regional Hospital, she felt it was important to stay connected to her work family when she retired. Volunteering a few hours each month has provided her with that opportunity.

“During my time as an NSHA employee, I recognized the value of volunteer roles and made it a goal to fill a position upon my retirement,” she said.

Tanya Maillet, volunteer resources consultant, often visits the information desk during Winchester’s shift to offer a word of thanks for her dedicated volunteer work.

Maillet is always amazed by Nancy’s positive attitude and service excellence.

“Volunteering a few hours a month keeps me connected to my work family and also gives me lots of time to spend with my precious grandchildren,” Winchester added.

“I feel rewarded at the end of each shift knowing I made a difference and provided comfort to those in need,” she said.

“I may be the only smile someone receives that day, so I make sure to give them away.”