“A beautiful handmade quilt symbolizes the cooperative spirit of staff, volunteers and our community partners at the health unit,” says a health unit official
SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) recently received a handcrafted quilt to recognize the efforts of staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make community immunization clinics a success.
The quilt was created by COVID-19 Immunization Clinic volunteer Jody Mayhew, who was inspired by those she worked with and the important work done in the clinics.
“I was really moved by my experience as a clinic volunteer and felt compelled to design a quilt to commemorate the memory,” Mayhew said. “It was wonderful to be part of a positive and united team, working towards a common goal of helping the community.”
The art of quilt making is part of many cultures around the world. Often the layered pieces of fabric document a story. Sometimes the story is simple and personal to a family, while others are meant to be seen, learned and remembered by communities.
The quilt’s bright color palette was chosen to evoke the positive and optimistic feelings Mayhew and his fellow volunteers have experienced working in the clinics. The quilt also incorporates the signatures of many dedicated volunteers who were an integral part of the team needed to support mass vaccination efforts against COVID-19.
Mayhew hopes the quilt will become a lasting symbol of the strength shown by the community of Simcoe Muskoka during the pandemic and a reminder of the rewarding experience of serving others through volunteerism while helping to protect the health of Simcoe residents. Muskoka.
“This beautiful handmade quilt symbolizes the cooperative spirit of health unit staff, volunteers and our community partners who have worked tirelessly to provide more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to our residents. It will be proudly displayed in the offices of our health units, and we thank Jody for creating it and gifting it to us,” said MaryAnn Holmes, Acting Assistant Vice President of Immunization.
“I would also like to express our gratitude to all 671 clinic volunteers for their dedication, commitment and positive contributions to our immunization efforts.”
At each clinic, volunteers have helped make it possible to administer hundreds of vaccines while ensuring the health and safety of each client. Volunteers brought a wealth of knowledge gained through previous or professional experiences as nurses, teachers, police, paramedics, corporate executives, event planners, students, civil servants, first responders, government employees and citizens of the community.
The health unit would also like to thank community partners who helped coordinate volunteers, including Georgian Bay General Hospital, Hospice Matthews House, and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.