Volunteers of NSHA: Meet Colleen MacLeod of Hants Community Hospital

Volunteer, Colleen MacLeod
Volunteer, Colleen MacLeod delivers snacks and a smile to the residents at Haliburton Place - which is a long-term care facility located in Hants Community Hospital.

On Friday afternoons volunteer Colleen MacLeod delivers snacks and a smile to the residents at Haliburton Place - which is a long-term care facility located in Hants Community Hospital. 

MacLeod started volunteering at the hospital in March of 2018. She is a valued and passionate member of the team who is always willing to mentor a new volunteer or help out with special projects.  

Tracy Burgess, coordinator of volunteer services in Halifax area, Eastern Shore and West Hants, sat down with MacLeod to learn more about her volunteer experience.  

Q. What are your activities at the hospital and what do they involve?

I am responsible for the snack cart on Friday afternoons in Haliburton Place - located at the Hants Community Hospital.

During the afternoon snack delivery, I get a chance to visit with the residents, which they really seem to enjoy. 

I occasionally volunteer with special events that are coordinated by the recreation therapist at Haliburton Place.  

Q. What was your first impression of the hospital and your volunteering position?

Hants Community Hospital is a small community-based hospital. I was impressed with how dedicated the staff are to the patients and residents.  

Q. Why do you volunteer?

Volunteering on Friday afternoons is the bright part of my week. I really enjoy the residents at Haliburton Place. Volunteering is also a great way to give back to our health care system. 

Q. What do you do when you aren't volunteering?

In my free time I enjoy gardening and reading a good book with a cup of coffee.  Our 18 month old dog, Abby, keeps us busy with training classes and dog shows.

Q. What has surprised you most about volunteering at the hospital?

I was surprised by the family atmosphere of this hospital. 

Q. What do you wish other people knew about volunteering at the hospital?

It is fun! Hants Community Hospital is a really good place to volunteer. The staff make you feel welcome and like you belong. The residents are really fantastic and have so much to offer. 

Q. What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at the hospital?

Just do it! Come in and meet the volunteer coordinators and look at the various volunteer positions to find one that works for you.  It’s a great experience!

No matter where you live in the province there are plenty of ways to get involved. Visit www.nshealth.ca/volunteer to learn how you can volunteer with Nova Scotia Health Authority.