Manitoulin Lodge volunteer presented with prestigious Circle of Excellence award

Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home volunteer Phyllis Cacciotti was recently presented with the Circle of Excellence Award. From left is Jamie-Lynn Kalmikov, Lodge administrator, Phyllis Cacciotti, and Gloria Hall, Lodge activities coordinator.

GORE BAY—A dedicated volunteer at the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay has been recognized with the Circle of Excellence award.

“Volunteers are so very important to me and all the residents,” said Gloria Hall, activities coordinator of the Manitoulin Lodge at the residence’s annual barbecue and bake sale fundraiser event held in June. “Today’s event wouldn’t be as successful if it weren’t for volunteers like Phyllis Cacciotti.”

“Every year, we choose and present a deserving volunteer with the Circle of Excellence Award to a very deserving volunteer,” said Ms. Hall. “All our volunteers are deserving and special, which makes the decision difficult. This person has gone above and beyond at the Lodge and also in the community.”

“Phyllis was born in Toronto. She has two sisters in Toronto and one brother in South America doing missionary work,” said Ms. Hall. “She also has two stepdaughters. She gets her volunteering skills from her upbringing. She started out volunteering by doing missionary work in Montreal. She later moved to Sudbury where she and her first husband purchased a Paul Davis System franchise. She later sold this business after his death. She then worked at Health Sciences North until she moved into the project that Bob, her husband, participated in at Vale in Toronto.”

“From there they retired and moved to Manitoulin in 2015,” said Ms. Hall. “Phyllis soon started volunteering at Manitoulin Lodge, later becoming an employee as a personal companion.”

“She was very involved with the Warm Hearts Palliative Care end of life fundraising. She was also involved with the Shave for a Cure while living in Sudbury.”

“Since coming to Manitoulin Island, Phyllis has been busy volunteering for many organizations,” continued Ms. Hall. “She is a member of the Billings Library Board, she started a reading program at Manitoulin Lodge, helped with the tuck shop, she ran the Kagawong euchre nights before COVID and she is a member of the Billings recreation committee. She is the secretary for the Manitoulin Nature Club.”

“If this isn’t enough to keep her busy, she also serves as the volunteer chairperson and treasurer for the volunteer programme here (at the Lodge),” said Ms. Hall. “She is a hardworking and dedicated volunteer for many of our programs. She helps to organize special events, like today, and our special monthly events. She volunteers for our ladies’ breakfast and other programs. She is a friend to everyone she meets. She is also a board member of the Manitoulin Lodge Auxiliary.”

“Phyllis is also active in recruiting volunteers, because, as we know, it takes volunteers to make an event successful,” continued Ms. Hall. “She has even been successful in recruiting her husband Bob to help with special events and he is the treasurer of the Manitoulin Lodge Auxiliary. If anyone is interested in volunteering for any of our programs or wants more information, see either Phyllis or myself.”

“Phyllis also accompanies residents on the Angel Bus to medical appointments when families are unable to attend,” continued Ms. Hall. “She shares her love of animals with the residents.”

 “Phyllis is always so upbeat, bringing joy to everyone she meets,” said Ms. Hall. “She has a smile that makes others feel better. She tries her best to make the residents lives better. We are so lucky she has chosen to volunteer with us. It gives me great pleasure to present this Circle of Excellence Award to Phyllis.”

“I would like to thank everyone for their support of the Manitoulin Lodge,” Ms. Cacciotti said. “We are  happy to be able to do what we do. It makes us happy when our residents are happy.”