Mariposa Gardens honours Karen Woods as Volunteer of the Year

By on May 2, 2017
Karen Woods was recognized last Tuesday as Volunteer of the Year at Mariposa Gardens. Presenting her with a plaque were Jannine Rennie, volunteer co-ordinator, and Barry Hengel, executive director at Mariposa Gardens. (Richard McGuire photo_

Karen Woods was recognized last Tuesday as Volunteer of the Year at Mariposa Gardens. Presenting her with a plaque were Jannine Rennie, volunteer co-ordinator, and Barry Hengel, executive director at Mariposa Gardens. (Richard McGuire photo_

Volunteers play an important role at Mariposa Gardens and last week that role was recognized as Karen Woods was picked as Volunteer of the Year.

Woods was presented with a plaque last Tuesday by volunteer co-ordinator Jannine Rennie and Greg Hengel, executive director.

Rennie said Woods started volunteering last year and she comes in at least twice a week. She’s the newest volunteer at Mariposa Gardens.

“She works really hard for us,” Rennie said.

Woods helps with two of the newest programs – the ice cream cart and the dinner club.

She goes with an employee from door to door on each floor bringing ice cream.

Woods is a retired registered nurse.

“She follows all the rules and diet safety, so she’s had to learn 109 people, their diet concerns and stuff like that,” said Rennie.

With the dinner club, they buy food from local restaurants and bring it in for the residents.

“She is there every week without question,” said Rennie. “She’s a very busy lady and she’s already volunteering somewhere else and doing other things. We’re just so thankful to have her for those two things.”

Woods is a newer Osoyoos resident, Rennie said, only coming here in the past year.

“You can tell with her it’s all about giving back to the community and quality of life,” said Rennie.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

Karen Woods was recognized last Tuesday as Volunteer of the Year at Mariposa Gardens. (Richard McGuire photo_

Karen Woods was recognized last Tuesday as Volunteer of the Year at Mariposa Gardens. (Richard McGuire photo_

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