If you’ve spent time around Providence Care Hospital, chances are you’ve seen Beryl Dodd who has been volunteering for more than 20 years. With an infectious laugh and strong British accent, Beryl is well-known throughout the hospital and is frequently seen pushing her cart full of products and giving away samples of British candies and cookies. Often referred to as the “CEO of the Gift Shop,” Beryl is passionate about fundraising and dedicates her time coordinating the gift shops at Providence Care Hospital and Providence Manor.
Beryl is one of 24-individuals who spend their time volunteering in our gift shops. The proceeds raised go to the patient, client and resident comfort fund. This fund purchases necessary items for those we serve across Providence Care’s sites.
“Seeing the results of our fundraising efforts is why I volunteer – I do it for our patients and clients. We have been able to purchase beds, ECG machines, wheelchairs and TMS machines, just to name a few of the items,” says Beryl.
When it comes to gift shop responsibilities, Beryl does it all. From ordering products, to pricing them and even scheduling volunteers for shifts, she is always organized and on the ball.
In the past, Beryl has volunteered at Providence Manor, bringing perennials from her own home to plant in the gardens. Those plants are still alive and beautiful at Providence Manor today. She has volunteered in the Hildegarde Centre, organized afternoon tea’s, cheese sales, vegetable sales, and even transported staff to their vehicles driving a golf cart when Providence Care Hospital first opened.
At one point in her personal life, Beryl provided childcare for 15 children. It’s no wonder she has the skills and patience to coordinate two gift shops!
Through fundraising initiatives like the gift shop, volunteers at Providence Care have raised about $600,000 the last 20 years. An amazing accomplishment that has benefitted so many at Providence Care. We appreciate your time, dedication and contributions Beryl.