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Susan Raynak

Susan Raynak - Good Citizen Award 2015Susan Raynak has been a dedicated palliative care volunteer with Hospice Northwest for the past six years.  Her warm, compassionate demeanor fits naturally into her client work where she is a companion and support to people who are journeying through the final stages of a life-limiting illness.  She has also supported people who have lost a loved one and are struggling with that loss.  Susan intuitively recognizes the right time to apply her quick wit and sense of humour to bring a smile to the faces of those around her.  She has been an active member of our Hike for Hospice Committee where she participates in the planning and implementation of that annual fundraising event.  She actively seeks out sponsorships and donations as well as recruiting hikers.  As a retired educator, Susan continues to enjoy teaching and does so by acting as a hospice volunteer in palliative simulation labs at Lakehead University.  There, fourth-year nursing students learn how to engage sensitively and respectfully with their dying patients and their caregivers.  Susan is always happy to speak on public information panels where she explains her role as a Hospice Northwest volunteer and the value of the service to clients, caregivers and health care professionals.  Her commitment to hospice palliative care is commendable and very much appreciated.