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Hospice Volunteer Phyllis Zagarella of Danbury Receives D.O.V.E. Award from Masonicare

May 1, 2012

Newtown,CT, May 1, 2012…….In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Masonicare Home Health & Hospice honored hundreds of community volunteers who cumulatively contributed thousands of volunteer hours to the hospice program during the past year.  Awards were presented at special recognition events held at several offices throughout Connecticut.

Staff and volunteers of the Brookfield at Newtown office of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice gathered April 19th to celebrate their hospice volunteers and thank them for the care and dedication they bring to patients and the hospice team.

Mrs. Phyllis Zagarella, a resident of Danbury, received the highly regarded Dedicated to Outstanding Volunteer Excellence (D.O.V.E.) award.  The office gives the D.O.V.E. award yearly to one volunteer who exhibits exceptional dedication to the program and exemplifies the true spirit of hospice care.  Holly Beck, volunteer coordinator for the Brookfield at Newtown hospice team, praised Mrs. Zagarella for her dedication and commitment to the hospice program.  “Phyllis started her journey as a hospice administrative volunteer in October of 2009 and has volunteered more than 270 hours to assist our office staff and support our program.  She always brings cheer and brightness to the office, and our staff looks forward to her company each week.  Phyllis is truly remarkable, and we sincerely appreciate and thank her for her dedication.”

Masonicare Home Health & Hospice is an affiliate of Masonicare, the state’s leading not-for-profit provider of senior healthcare and retirement living.  For information on Masonicare’s hospice program or to learn how you can become a volunteer, please call

Photo Caption: 

 Sharon Bournival, Business Support Specialist (L), and Holly Beck, Volunteer Coordinator & Expressive Arts Specialist (R),  Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, congratulate Hospice Volunteer Phyllis Zagarella (center) on receiving the D.O.V.E. Award