Mrs. (Chris) Carpenter the Director of the Gess Elementary Performing Choir (among other roles) was recognized by Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital Volunteer Services as the Volunteer of the Year 2016.
With her Performing Choir and Guitar Club, Mrs. Carpenter has provided a high quality and diverse musical experience for the long term care residents for 25 years. The intergenerational experience compounded by the memories that many of the songs evoke is a powerful experience.
Several times a year, often on a Monday and usually before breakfast, the Gess Performing Choir consisting 4th-6th grade students fills the LTCU dining room with music— well-rehearsed seasonal numbers.
What a great way to start the day.
These angelic voiced and disciplined students directed by Chris Carpenter are also exceptional in that they give up lunch recess to participate in the music program two days a week. Chris has done an extraordinary job of modeling the value of honoring our seniors. She, with the help of the Highly Capable program that includes students between second through the sixth grade, have also delighted the residents of the LTCU with their annual “Valentine’s Day Mini-Float Parade” and led the first grade students in singing Christmas songs at the LTCU Santa Social (where the singing has repeatedly and successfully summoned none other than Santa Claus).
Mrs. Carpenter retired from her position after close to 30 years of service in the Chewelah School District at end of this school year. Providence Volunteer Services was delighted to recognize her for her contribution at this time. Due to a scheduling, conflict representatives from Providence chose to surprise her and her students by making the announcement and awarding her during one of their rehearsals rather than announcing the award at the annual dinner.
The PSJH annual volunteer awards dinner was hosted on Friday, April 29. The menu consisted of comfort-themed foods and reflected the unique and diverse types of “comfort” that volunteers provide to the resident, patients, families and staff through their generous donation of time and talents. The Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital volunteer force has about 50 volunteers in formal positions and another 30 volunteers in entertaining and supportive roles.
Along with recognition of nominees for volunteer of the year, distribution of “chocolate certificates of appreciation” to the volunteers, and awarding years of service pins, the volunteer services recognized Barbara Miller for her continued efforts as a fundraiser and volunteer through newspaper sales (supported by none other than The Independent). Year of service pins were awarded as followed: Five-Year: Barbara Adams, Rose Anderson, Melanie Baker, Mary Bingaman, Jack Murphy, Carole Reinland, Richard Turpin, and Virginia Turpin.
Ten-Year; Kareen Butorac, Larry Frownfelter, Wanda McCall, and Duane Money. Twenty-Year: Angela Proszek.
Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital has a pretty amazing volunteer force that is representative of the values held in our community.
-Submitted by PSJH