Conklin named Volunteer of Year

BAR HARBOR — Shirley Conklin of Salisbury Cove was named Mount Desert Island Hospital’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her contributions to the community and her outstanding commitment to the MDI Hospital Auxiliary.

Conklin received the award at MDI Hospital’s annual volunteer celebration on July 15 at the Kebo Valley Golf Club.

For more than four years, Conklin has brought her leadership abilities and can-do attitude to the auxiliary. When asked what brings her joy, Conklin said, “I don’t feel like I’m anything special, but I just like to help people and make a difference in their lives.”

In addition to her service to the MDI Hospital Auxiliary, where she has recruited new members and encouraged and increased participation at all levels, Conklin is also active in the Eden Baptist Church.

“Shirley … exemplifies MDI Hospital organization’s values of compassion, commitment, improvement, integrity, respect and teamwork,” said award presenter Lani Naihe, advancement director at the hospital.

Friday’s event also recognized the outstanding contributions made by MDI Hospital’s 211 volunteers. “Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to our organization and our community,” said Brenda Sprague, MDI Hospital’s volunteer coordinator.

According to Sprague, volunteers contributed 5,923 hours throughout the organization. Volunteers support MDI Hospital, the MDI Hospital Auxiliary, Birch Bay Retirement Village and the Don and Beth Straus Program, and serve on boards and committees and therapy dog teams. While their tasks vary based on their unique experience and skills, their role is always the same, to support the hospital organization in its mission to provide the best possible care for the community.

The MDI Hospital organization welcomes volunteers from students to seniors and everyone in between. Contact Sprague at 288-5082, ext. 1198.

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