Elva; Volunteer Champion
The work volunteers do for the community cannot be underestimated with many going unrecognized.
One such Wangaratta volunteer, Elva Lovett, has been working at North East Health for the past 30 years and has only recently been recognized with a "Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Award" for Service.
North East Health spokesperson Kerryn Mitchell says the award acknowledges the great work volunteers do and especially Elva in Emergency.
"I think it's a great recognition of the really important role that volunteers play especially in the emergency department, it's quite a stressful environment as a patient or as a family member and having the calming influence of Elva there by your side to help you through it, it's great recognition of what she does".
Ms. Mitchell says all the work she has done for North East Health has been appreciated which includes her famous Pancake Tuesdays.
"Elva started with us 30 years ago in our paediatric ward, she was an activities volunteer down there and did that for near on 20 years and was known very well for her "pancake Tuesday's", and then approximately 10 years ago we approached her to take on the lead volunteer role for the emergency department to develop the emergency liaison volunteer role".