Recognising our volunteers

04 Dec 2019

December 5th was International Volunteer Day. St Vincent’s has a large number of volunteers who complement the organisation by supporting staff, patients and family members.

The Foundation is lucky to have two wonderful volunteers, Marg and Phyl who come in every week to assist with important admin and donor relation tasks. 

Margaret Milne 

Margaret Milne (Marg) has been a volunteer with St Vincent’s for over 21 years. Before joining the Foundation, Marg provided support and care for palliative care patients, assisting patients to die with dignity, compassion and love. Marg’s exceptional service was recognised in 2017 when she received an award at the Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards.

Marg’s volunteer role with the Foundation is to call and thank our wonderful donors for the generous support they provide St Vincent’s. 

Why did you decide to volunteer with the Foundation?

I felt I wanted a change from Briar Terrace, so when I approached the Volunteer coordinator about a change, I was given the opportunity to help in the Foundation

How long have you volunteered with the St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation?

I am thoroughly enjoying my role with the Foundation & am very grateful to the staff for making me feel so welcome & included.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

I enjoy being able to thank generous people who give to St Vincent's and at the same time hear interesting stories either from the donor or their family as to why they give as they do

Have you volunteered anywhere else within St Vincent’s?

Previously I volunteered on the 6th floor in the Palliative ward for 21 years. I loved my role there and I think my nursing back ground enabled me to be useful. I met so many wonderful patients and grateful relatives, many with whom I remain in touch today.

What are two things you find particularly impressive about St Vincent’s Hospital?

It is always exciting to read about the ongoing research at St Vincent's. I am impressed that on the whole, patients from all walks of life, no matter their back ground or social status are treated with care, compassion & understanding.

Phyllis Halliday

Phyllis Halliday (Phyl) has a background in administration across a wide variety of premier medical research, hospitals and training facilities. She used to live in Balwyn and would regularly pass St Georges, which is what prompted her to choose St Vincent’s.

As well as volunteering with the Foundation, Phyl also assists the Volunteer Services team.

Why did you decide to volunteer with the Foundation?

Out of all the departments in St Vincent’s, the Foundation best matches my experience and personality completely.

How long have you volunteered with the St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation?

Approximately five years with the Foundation.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

I prefer to be kept busy and it is my way of doing something worthwhile.

Have you volunteered anywhere else within St Vincent’s? 

I commenced my St Vincent’s volunteering 10 years ago at St George’s Hospital helping with administration in Transition Care, Rehabilitation and Medical Records.  Since moving to Fitzroy, I have also helped with various “once off” administration assignments with the Foundation.

What do you find particularly impressive about St Vincent’s Hospital?

It is known as the “people’s hospital” and I am particularly impressed by the existence of The Good Samaritan Fund which helps patients and/or families in extreme dire circumstances.