Posted: November 8, 2016

Grand River Hospital is proud to honour two Waterloo Region citizens with ties to our hospital community for their efforts to improve the lives of others.

Betty South and Robert Povey were among 20 people who recently won Ontario Senior Achievement Awards (link opens in a new tab). The awards recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through voluntary or professional activities after the age of 65.

Betty South of Kitchener has volunteered at Grand River Hospital's Freeport Campus every Monday for 39 consecutive years. Her current volunteer work includes delivering flowers to new patients, training new volunteers, keeping display boards updated with current information and maintaining the patient library. She has also conducted tours, helped in the gift shop and edited newsletters, among other activities. You can read more about Betty's service at GRH.

Robert Povey of Kitchener is an advocate for stroke survivors and caregivers in his community. He served as co-president of the Kitchener Stroke Recovery Chapter, where he helped triple its membership and established a support model to address caregiver burnout. His work has involved many people who have received care at Grand River Hospital given our extensive stroke program as well as their families.

Congratulations to Betty and Robert for this recognition of your outstanding work!