Mary Potter Hospice Annual Awards

October 28th, 2018

The Mary Potter Annual Award Winners with Board Chair, Mark Cassidy and Chief Executive Brent Alderton

The Annual Awards were presented at our Year in Review last week to various Mary Potter Hospice volunteers, staff and supporters to say thank you to those special people and groups who support the vital work of the Hospice. They have been selected – with great difficulty – from the many nominations put forward by our Hospice staff.

Volunteer Awards

Olive Stempa
Ollie has volunteered at Mary Potter Hospice for 37 years in the In-Patient Unit.  She serves meals and provides great help wherever she is needed. She has also taken on the responsibility of distributing and collecting the donation boxes around Island Bay businesses. She is greatly loved around the Hospice and makes a big difference to our patients.

Annouschka Martinsen
Annouschka provides exceptional service to Mary Potter Hospice through her work as Health and Safety Presenter in our Volunteer Orientation Programme, which is conducted three times a year. Annouschka provides excellent, high quality and interesting training. She donates her time to the Hospice and is a generous and capable volunteer.

Shirley Hertnon
Shirley has been an avid supporter of the Hospice for over 18 years and continues to volunteer in the Kapiti Day Unit. Over the years, Shirley has been involved with many aspects of Hospice life from cooking, gardening, running day unit sessions and events, coordinating volunteers and fundraising. Shirley was one of the founding members of the Kapiti Strawberry Festival Organising Committee 11 years ago, and has just retired from that role. Congratulations!

Health Partner Awards

Louise Forsyth, Clinical Nurse Specialist, with Capital and Coast DHB
Louise has worked with the Enhanced Hospice@Home pilot, supporting nurses to cross train from the Hospice In-Patient Unit to the community. Hospice@Home supports patients with complex needs to remain at home for symptom management and end of life care, reducing the need for hospice and hospital admissions.

Louise’s support and expertise supported the nursing team in developing competency and confidence, and created a model of integrated working across the Hospice and Community Health Services. The pilot has been hugely successful to date, supporting over 50 patients to remain at home between May and July this year. We are grateful for Louise’s contribution to this!

Malvina Major Retirement Village
The team at Malvina Major, led by Lynne Peirse, the Village Manager, and Albie Calope, Clinical Manager, supported 28 of their staff to participate in our education programme this year. Malvina Major kindly provided use of their seminar room during the year free of charge. They also have volunteered to pilot the new end of life pathway ‘Te Ara Whakapiri’, a tool that promotes quality end of life care. Lynne and Albie are hospitable, accommodating and we have really enjoyed working with them in developing their workforce.

Fundraising Awards

The Jack Jeffs Charitable Trust
The Jack Jeffs Charitable Trust has supported Mary Potter Hospice for nearly 30 years. In fact, they have given every year since 1992, and over that time have given an amazing $376,000. The trustees have been extremely generous, not only with their funds, but in giving us the flexibility to use the funds in the way we feel is best to help patients, their families and whanau. We would like to thank Jenny Samson for her excellent administration of the Trust and its two generous Trustees, Richard Cathie and Rhys Barlow.

Angela and the amazing team at Raumati Beach School
Raumati Beach School has been supporting our community hospice at Kapiti for many years with their inspiring fundraising efforts focused around St Patricks Day. The annual “Green Day” event began as a way to honour the memory of a special Irish teacher, and the memories of other significant people to the school over the years.

The Green Day fundraising celebrations involve the entire school. Teaching staff and pupils dress up in green costumes, there is a Green Day parade, and fun fundraising events take place during the day. The money they raise directly funds the delicious Day Unit meals. They have raised thousands of dollars over the years, and are an awesome and inspiring support to the Hospice.

Summerset at Aotea Retirement Village
Karen White and her team at Summerset Village have contributed significant financial and other support since 2011 by organising special fundraising events on our behalf. They have used their exceptional organisational skills to stage events such as the original “Butterfly Tea Party”, where classic hats purchased from the Porirua Hospice Shop were worn; the Hospice Annual Appeal Brunch entertained by the Ukelele Orchestra; and the Hospice High Tea with Jo Seagar – cookbooks, cakes and cucumber sandwiches! Hospitality, goodwill and a caring involvement abounds at Summerset.

Supplier Award

Dobbins Office Furniture
Dave Earl and Dobbins Office Furniture have been very generous with the Hospice by providing reduced prices for office furniture for many years. They have supplied desks and office chairs to many of our office spaces. They also supported the refurbishment of the In-Patient Unit with furniture and bedside notice boards, again supporting us with reduced costs to help our dollar go a bit further.

Retail Award

Matthew Paice
Matthew has made an invaluable contribution to the maintenance and upkeep of all of our retail premises over the years. No job is too small, or indeed too big, for Matt and his constant, cheerful, can do attitude. Matt is someone who can think outside the box when it comes to solving problems – he has proven time and again that he is more than up to it! In recent months Matt has been instrumental in the fit out of our new successful Karori and Porirua Hospice shops. Matthew also helps the fundraising team on Annual Appeal Day, so he is an amazing volunteer.

Long Service Awards

This year we have decided that, as part of our recognition of our amazing staff, we would acknowledge those who have been at the Hospice for 25 years or more. We have three staff who have been working at the hospice for 25 years or more.

They are: Di, Nurse – 37 years, Kay, Nurse – 29 years and Josie, Health Care Assistant – 25 years

Staff Quality Award

Kristin Castle, Senior Fundraiser – Donor Database and Direct Marketing
Kristin has been working for the Hospice for 19 years, with only five staff who have been at the Hospice for longer. In her role, Kristin epitomises all the values of the Hospice.  She is a staunch and loyal advocate for our donors and supporters, and constantly reminds us all about using Hospice funds with honesty, integrity and transparency. We see her compassion regularly, for example in the letters that she writes to those who have made a donation in memory of a loved one. Her letters are individualised, caring and moving. Thank you Kristin!