Greeting others with a smile

Photo of Ann Maunder
Ann Maunder

If you’ve ever walked through the front door of the Hospice, there’s a good chance you’ve been greeted by Ann Maunder’s smile. As a reception volunteer, Ann answers the door for visiting guests, lets them know where the coffee, tea and snacks are located, and answers any questions families may have.

“Sometimes I’ll help out with the dishes if they’re busy in the kitchen, or fold laundry,” says Ann. “I just help in any way people need it.”

Ann’s husband, Alan, was a resident of the Hospice three years ago. “I decided to become a volunteer because of the TLC Carpenter gave my husband. They treated him with such respect. His first words when he came here were, ‘it’s so peaceful.’ It had been so stressful for awhile at home and so it was nice when he could come in here. It gave us such a relief.”

Ann spends a lot of her time with her children and grandchildren, as well as tending to her garden. However, she did share, “Carpenter has given me something good to do because now I’m on my own. It makes me feel good that I can come down here and help out. The staff is awesome and it’s a pleasure and honour to be a part of Carpenter Hospice.”