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MSH HEROES

Recognizing the heroic day-to-day accomplishments of our people

BRENDA YOUNG

VOLUNTEER

AKA:“The

Irreplaceable”

In high school, she was a ‘candy striper’ at her local hospital and always felt a strong connection to helping others. When she walked through the doors at MSH seven years ago to begin volunteering, Brenda Young had a powerful feeling. “It was like returning home,” she says. She was stepping into a hospital once again with a strong desire to help. And help she does. Brenda volunteers at the Plastics Clinic every Wednesday, and at the Fracture Clinic on Thursdays — often arriving with home-baked treats for everyone. Much of her time is spent managing patient charts, and doing whatever it takes to keep things “moving smoothly.” As a Markham resident for more than four decades, Brenda had long wished the community would get a hospital of its own. “I had seen how traumatic it was for families when patients had to travel out of the community for hospital stays or emergency treatment,” she says. So, she was thrilled when MSH opened its doors in 1990. Since then, each of her eight grandchildren were born at

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the hospital, and many other family members and friends have been treated here. The connection makes her volunteerism that much more valuable. “I love being with patients, and giving them a little extra.” Sometimes that means holding their hand, getting a nervous child to smile, answering general questions and other times it’s just being there to listen. My priority is the comfort of the patient.” And that, she says, is incredibly fulfilling. “You can’t put a price on helping people,” says Brenda, who fondly recalls a patient who returned from

overseas travel with a token of their appreciation for her kindness. She couldn’t believe they had thought of her while they were away, and she will forever treasure the gift — a lovely, little jewelry box. Brenda also loves to help MSH’s doctors and nurses, who really make her feel like part of the team. And she knows her time is appreciated when the staff tell her they don’t know what they’d do without her. She takes this compliment with much gratitude. “The staff and volunteers here have my utmost respect,” she says. “I see the tireless dedication that is given. I am very proud to be part of MSH.” n

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