Nursing agency honors volunteers

Three Wilton residents were among the volunteers of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon at Bernard’s Inn at Ridgefield. Seven individuals altogether were singled out and recognized for their outstanding commitment, compassion and dedication to volunteer service.   

From Wilton, Jeannie and Rick Stolting received awards for their volunteer work as patient support volunteers and Ritva Ruskewich received an award for her volunteer work at the Turnover Shop.

In addition, Paul Companik of New Canaan received an award for his volunteer work at the New Canaan Thrift Shop; Ken Edgar of Weston received an award for his volunteer work on the agency’s Board of Directors; Gormandee Maximin of Stamford received an award for her work as a hospice volunteer.

Clare Myers of Darien 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 time that she has been volunteering with our agency, Clare has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping patients and families at the most vulnerable time in their lives.”   

A non-profit community organization for more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice and palliative care for children and adults in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County. Information: