Volunteer recognised for 15 years of pet therapy
A local aged care provider has recognised a volunteer who has worked with the organisation for 15 years.
Ms Lynette Mackay was acknowledged for her contribution at Peninsula Village in Umina.
Since 2005, Ms Mackay has conducted regular pet therapy visits at the Village, bringing along her small dogs, often in a pram, to share her love of animals with the residents.
"Being a volunteer is a very rewarding experience in general, and to be able to bring these gorgeous animals along with me is the icing on the cake," she said.
"The last 15 years have flown by, and I have been blessed to visit many wonderful residents.
"No matter who I've met, the joy and smiles we receive are always the same - it's truly incredible to see how the dogs instantly brighten their day.
"I am constantly delighted by the meaningful and rewarding relationships residents develop with the chihuahuas.
"The animals all love being made a fuss of and the joy they bring to the residents is the same."
Lynette said that volunteering had also brought joy to her life.
"It's not a job you do with the aim of receiving a paid wage," she said.
"Volunteering rewards you in the happiness our furry friends bring to the residents, and the fulfillment we as volunteers feel in giving back to the community.
"That's worth more than any salary could pay," she continued.
Peninsula Villages chief executive Mr Shane Neaves has extended his gratitude to all of the volunteers who work with the facility in the care of its residents.
"Our volunteers are pivotal in ensuring that our hard-working care staff have the backing they need to provide our residents with the highest level of care," said Mr Neaves.
"These individuals, such as Lynette, are valued members of our team who deserve recognition for the indispensable contributions they make to our resident's quality of life."
Media release, 20 May 2020
Shane Neaves, Peninsula Villages