The volunteers of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County were honored recently at an awards ceremony and luncheon at Bernard’s Inn in Ridgefield. Nine individuals received special recognition for their outstanding commitment, compassion and dedication to volunteer service.   

Larry Schloss of Wilton received an award for his work as a hospice volunteer; Novella Tortorella of Wilton received an award for her volunteer work at the Turnover Shop of Wilton; Dr. Kesav Nair of Wilton received an award for his volunteer work on the agency’s board of directors.

Kimberly Lewis of Darien and her pet therapy dog, Sophie, and Harvey Kravetz of Fairfield and his pet therapy dog, Scooter, received awards for their volunteer work as patient support volunteers; Tammy Ruffin of New Canaan received an award for her volunteer work at the New Canaan Thrift Shop; Hal Shupack of Westport received an award for his volunteer work in development; Connie McCann of Fairfield received an award for her work as an office volunteer;

Nancy Schullman of New Canaan 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 and devotion to volunteerism is unsurpassed in the community,” said Sharon Bradley, CEO of the agency. “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, Nancy has demonstrated a commitment to helping patients and families at the most vulnerable time in their lives. She has said that visiting sick patients fills her soul. Nancy is a kind and energetic person and we are grateful for her service.”   

“Nancy Schullman exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism,” said Bauer, who attended the awards ceremony. “It is with deep gratitude that we recognize Nancy for her compassionate contribution to the mission of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.”

Information: visitingnurse.net.