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Numerous volunteers are all pieces of the puzzle for Pine Tree Hospice

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SANGERVILLE — For more than three decades members of the community and families have been served free of charge by Pine Tree Hospice during the time of dying and bereavement. Those involved in Pine Tree Hospice, such as volunteers, contributors, staff members and others, are all pieces of the puzzle, as reflected on the cover of the 2017 organization report. All those who are pieces of the Pine Tree Hospice puzzle were honored during the annual meeting on Nov. 9 at the East Sangerville Grange.

The annual meeting highlights various Pine Tree Hospice volunteers from the past fiscal year. Those honored for taking part in the direct care training were Dwain Allen, John Cram, April Dauphinee, Nicole Estes, Scott Ludwig, Ronn Parker, Andrea Koltai-Price, Louise Ringle and Janet Sawyer. Both Estes and Koltai-Price also took part in bereavement facilitator training.

Nine organization volunteers were honored for having given of their time for a half decade to Pine Tree Hospice. Receiving “Five Years Service Awards” were Ethan Annis, Doris Coy, Pamela Goulette, Donna Hathaway, Jill Jones, Kim Kagan, Donna Peterson, Kathleen Thibault and Andrew Thurlow.

Four special recognition honors were handed out to volunteers from various groups within the organization. Barb Austin was honored as a bereavement facilitator, direct care volunteer recognition was given to Gary Larson, Barbara Brown received indirect care volunteer recognition and Sue McNulty was noted as a Pine Tree Hospice board member.

Kimball Insurance of Sangerville was this year’s “Business Recognition” honoree by Pine Tree Hospice.

During the 2016-17 fiscal year, organization volunteers contributed 4,551 service hours for a 13 percent increase over the previous year. Over 1,300 individuals were served, including 137 hospice/community individuals plus their families, 150 attending bereavement programs, 394 taking part in caregiver and education events and 620 participants for various community awareness programs.

For more information on Pine Tree Hospice and its numerous services and many volunteer possibilities, please contact 564-4346 or wecare@pinetreehospice.org or go to www.pinetreehopsice.org or www.facebook.com/PineTreeHospice.

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