Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health CEO; Nancy Prodzinski, Winona Health Volunteers president; Donna Sauers, one of two Volunteers of the Year; and Kris Walters, volunteer manager in the Robinson Healing Garden at Winona Health.
Winona Health volunteers receive awards–with a twist
This year’s Winona Health Volunteers recognition celebration, like almost everything else, was affected by COVID-19. That didn’t prevent a small, masked, physically distanced recognition of one of two Volunteers of the Year in the Robinson Healing Garden at Winona Health on July 8.
Winona Health Volunteers President Nancy Prodzinski, Volunteer Manager Kris Walters, Winona Health CEO Rachelle Schultz, along with several volunteers and staff, were on hand to present the awards. The “twist” came after Walters introduced Prodzinski.
Prodzinski welcomed the small group, acknowledging that because of COVID-19, the volunteers were unable to hold their annual service awards celebration. Instead, she said, the volunteers decided to use the opportunity to honor someone who is always supportive of their work, is a transparent leader and who recognizes and appreciates the value volunteers bring to Winona Health. With that, she presented an award to Schultz for her “visionary guidance, exceptional leadership and organization-wide engagement of volunteers.”
After a speechless moment, Schultz noted that not much surprised her these days, but this sure did, and she again expressed her gratitude for the volunteers. “You are us,” Schultz added, acknowledging a sentiment shared among volunteers and staff. She then steered the spotlight back to the volunteers.
The 2020 Winona Health Volunteers of the Year are Donna Sauers, who was on hand at the event, and Cherre Pye, who was unable to attend and received her award later.
Pye is a familiar and friendly face to anyone who frequents the volunteers’ Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the hospital lobby at Winona Health.
Sauers serves at various information desks and helps with several fundraising events. Walters noted, “Her leadership skills have been invaluable.”
Sauers said she was overwhelmed and very surprised to receive the award. “There are so many people who do so much more. I value the friendships I’ve made through volunteering at Winona Health, and the employees here are wonderful — always so appreciative,” she said.
A total of 51 volunteers received pins, sent via mail this year, for achieving service milestones in 2020. Walters commented on the generous gifts of time and talent contributed by each attendee being recognized for service milestones, ranging from 100 hours to 6,500 hours.
For more information about the Winona Health Volunteers, call 507-457-4342 or learn more at winonahealth.org/volunteer.
Winona Health Volunteers’ 2020 service awards
Mary Alice Anderson
Mary Kaye Perrin
Mary Jo Fitzgerald
*Receiving multiple service awards