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Norwalk, CT (May 17, 2016)...Mario Sa'Couto of Westport receives D.O.V.E. Award

In celebration of National Volunteer Month, Masonicare Home Health & Hospice Norwalk Branch recently honored their hospice volunteers for the care and dedication they bring to patients and the hospice team.  The event was generously hosted by Maplewood at Darien.


 Mario Sa'Couto of Westport 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. 


Paula Bruns, volunteer coordinator for the Norwalk hospice team, praised Mario for his dedication and commitment to the hospice program. "Mario has spent ten years with hospice patients…laughing with them, reliving lifelong memories, holding hands at the bedside and sharing his time selflessly. Mario develops beautiful relationships with his patients, and the families are always deeply appreciative of his time. He often visits them so frequently that people mistake him for family.  Mario initially became a volunteer after he retired stating that he thought it was time for him to give back.  Ten years later, he continues to give back in so many creative and caring ways," Bruns explained.


Also honored during the event was Rose Talercio of Norwalk, who received the Rose Award for her beautiful acts of volunteerism throughout the year. Rose recently took the hospice volunteer training after retiring from a career in nursing. She has jumped in to volunteering with amazing enthusiasm and become very devoted to her patients, spending her time listening to them, praying with them and enjoying hearing their memories. The Rose Award was named in honor of Rose Pepiora and her lifelong legacy of volunteering.


Marianne Foley of Stamford was honored with the Angel Award...presented annually to first year volunteer who provides invaluable assistance to our office staff and to patients.  Marianne spends countless hours in the office filing and assisting with other clerical tasks.  Additionally, she visits hospice patients her special skills of Reiki and most importantly her ability to connect with people. 


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 1-800-528-6664.


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