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Volunteers sought for outdoor projects at health facilities

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Thanks to the contributions of individuals and groups interested in gardening, outdoor spaces at health facilities are kept beautiful and vibrant through the growing season. Volunteers are being sought this year for outdoor beautification projects in Lethbridge, Crowsnest Pass, Brooks, Bassano and Oyen. Thanks to the contributions of individuals and groups interested in gardening, outdoor spaces at health facilities are kept beautiful and vibrant through the growing season. Volunteers are being sought this year for outdoor beautification projects in Lethbridge, Crowsnest Pass, Brooks, Bassano and Oyen. Photo contributed

Individuals with an interest in horticulture or gardening can use their skills to help beautify areas around the places people normally visit when they don’t feel well.


Officials with Alberta Health Services South Zone are looking for volunteers to assist with the outdoor beautification projects this year at health centres in Lethbridge, Crowsnest Pass, Brooks, Bassano and Oyen.
“A few years ago, we started a beautification project at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge,” says Michelle Robertson, volunteer resources program assistant, AHS South Zone. “Since then it’s gotten bigger and spread across the South Zone.”
Various groups or individuals can adopt different beds around health centres throughout the region.
These volunteers help with everything to do with beautification of these garden beds from choosing the plants, preparation for planting, planting, watering and making sure they are kept alive and well through the summer season.
They even help with bed cleanup for winter.
Some of these spaces are near traffic loops or outside of facilities for the enjoyment of all who visit, or they can be inner courtyard areas used primarily by staff, families and patients.
“It’s nice when we can get people who are experienced in horticulture and gardening,” says Robertson.
These volunteers can form a committee of people to help, and with staff involvement, can take ownership over the space they are given to transform and maintain.
“We’re looking for individuals or groups of individuals who have an interest in this,” she adds.
Volunteers who take on the work of caring for the beds need only provide manpower and time. The plants used in the spaces usually are donated by gardening businesses, horticulture societies, health foundations or hospital auxiliaries.
Robertson says the people who have an interest in gardening always come up with some unique ideas about what to plant. Some years, strawberries and tomatoes have been grown and the mature and ripened fruit shared with patients and their families in the health centres or the cancer clinic.
“You can just really notice a difference,” adds Robertson, about the work done by these volunteers to the spaces they adopt. “You can hear people say it when they come in (to the facilities).”
If anyone is interested in creating an outdoor beautification project at their home health centre site, they can inquire about doing so with staff inside the facility.
For this year, AHS official are looking for outdoor beautification project team members at specific sites where there is a need. The best way to express an interest in helping is to contact the volunteer resources at those local sites:
• In Lethbridge, phone 403-388-6311 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
• In Crowsnest Pass, phone 403-562-5024 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
• In Brooks, phone 403-501-3207 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
• In Bassano, phone 403-501-3207 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
• In Oyen, phone 403-664-3651 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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