Capital Health volunteer named CTV's Maritimer of the Week

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 4:29pm

Helen Cassidy doesn't know what the fuss is about.

"Why me? I just share the gifts I have," said Cassidy moments after discovering she was named CTV's Maritimer of the Week.

"I'm so happy I can touch so many lives; just this week I had a woman run up and give me a hug because I'd visited her when she was an inpatient."

Cassidy wiped away tears after being surprised by a CTV camera crew Thursday morning, Dec, 5 in the Volunteer Services office at the Centennial building.

Every Friday on CTV's Live at 5, the focus is put on one person from the Maritimes who has been nominated for their work in the community. Reporter Jayson Baxter and a camera operator arranged to come and meet Cassidy, and film the presentation. A few dozen fellow volunteers and Volunteer Services staff were on hand to witness the presentation and wish Cassidy well.

"She will come in at the drop of a hat and do whatever is needed," says Carol Kaulback, a volunteer co-ordinator. " She is reliable. committed, caring and treats people as she would want to be treated."

For 25 years, Cassidy has filled many roles at Capital Health, from visiting patients who need to see a friendly face to giving communion to those who ask for it, and helping people find their way around the hospital as part of the ambassador program. She also works in the gift shop and on past Christmas holidays has been part of a team that ensured every patient got a little something special on their meal tray.

Capital Health is one of many organizations Cassidy gives her time to. She volunteers with the Alzheimer's Society, three churches and is active in politics.

"Volunteering has just always been part of my life," said Cassidy. "I say yes to everything and I love to find time to squeeze everything in,"

The segment filmed at Capital Health was on CTV at 5:50 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.