East Rochester resident to receive honor for hospital volunteerism

October 13, 2003

JoAnn Pierson of Westwood Drive will be honored next week by the Friends of Strong with the Hettie Shumway Award. The award is given to a volunteer who provides significant and unfailing service, is an effective role model for other volunteers and demonstrates loyalty to the hospital. It is named for Hettie Shumway, a leadership volunteer, who served for many years at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Pierson has been a volunteer at Strong for more than 13 years and has served in a wide variety of areas, contributing more than 2,500 hours. 

She began in pediatrics, which was a perfect match for her background as a preschool teacher and substitute teacher in Webster. In 1995, she began working in the Family Waiting Room and has served the families waiting for loved ones ever since.

“Her calm, caring manner are evident as she helps folks who are often in distress,” says Louise Criticos, Friends of Strong director. “Her teaching abilities have been put to good use again, as she trains new volunteers in this area.”

Pierson is always willing to help with special projects, such as research, Criticos says, and also volunteered with the Poison Center at Strong by going to schools to perform puppet shows to teach young children about dangerous substances.

She will accept the award Thursday night, Oct. 9, at the Friends of Strong Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

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