Joan Leckie, 91, began volunteering at Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans three years ago when her husband was a resident.
“Initially Joan came every day to give out morning tea to residents. Then through the Covid-19 lockdown she lived with us, as part of our bubble, as her husband was declining,” explains manager Michelle Day. “Through the weeks she managed to spend time with residents helping with their activities. She also helped with lunch, dinner and supper which freed up staff to attend resident’s other needs.”
Joan’s husband passed away in May 2020 and since then Joan has cut back to five days a week volunteering.
“It gives meaning to my life,” says Joan. “My husband died during lockdown. I have no family in Levin and volunteering gets me out of bed in the mornings. The staff are like my family now.”
Joan’s quiet, smiling presence delights residents who are always pleased to see someone different during their day.
“Joan encourages resident’s independence by encouraging them to assist themselves. She knows them all by name and what they prefer in the way of food and drink.”
Joan’s selfless attitude was recognised at the 2021 PSC Quality and Innovation Awards when she won the volunteer section.
Joan says she was honoured to receive the award and will soon join her extended family in Havelock North.
“Although Joan will be greatly missed by everyone at Levin Home, I’m sure her family will love having her close,” says Michelle.
If you’d like to volunteer at Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans, please call us on 06 366 0052.