Three Wiltonians among volunteers honored by nursing agency

Thom Healy, Carol Bernhard  and Inge Maerowitz of Wilton was among the volunteers of Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County who were honored recently at an awards ceremony and luncheon at Bernard’s Inn at Ridgefield. Eleven individuals were singled out for their outstanding commitment, compassion and dedication to volunteer service.
Healy and Lynn Saphire of Westport received awards for their volunteer work on the agency’s board of directors and Bernhard was recognized for her volunteer work at the Turnover Shop of Wilton. Maerowitz and Anne Patterson of Westport received awards for their volunteer work as patient support volunteers.

Also receiving awards were Diana Metro of Westport and Linda Roberts of Norwalk for their work as office support volunteers; Maryann Gabriel of Norwalk and Jennifer Venneri of White Plains for their work at the New Canaan Thrift Shop; and Deb Rakich of Redding for her work as a hospice volunteer.

Dawn Jeffrey of Norwalk received the agency’s highest honor — The Carol B. Bauer Community Spirit Award — for her outstanding service as a hospice volunteer.

“This award was established in honor of Carol Bauer of Wilton, whose spirit of support and devotion to volunteerism is unmatched in the community,” said agency President and CEO, Sharon Bradley. “The Carol B. Bauer Award is presented each year to that special individual who embodies the ideals of volunteerism. In the relatively short time that she has been volunteering with our agency, Dawn has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping patients and families at the most vulnerable time in their lives.  She is employed full-time but is always ready to visit with patients in the evenings and on weekends. Dawn is an inspiration and a role model and we are grateful for her compassion and caring.”