One of Western Health’s youngest volunteers has claimed top honours in the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.
Western Health Volunteer Linda Diep was awarded the Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in a Metropolitan Health Service at an awards ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground recently.
Linda, 20, has been volunteering at Western Health since she was 16.
She undertakes many roles, including event support for the Western Health Foundation, running the library trolley, where she has also encouraged her younger brother and her parents to complete shifts with her, along with volunteering in the Opportunity Shop on weekends with her family.
Linda frequently offers her time to sit and talk with the patients and visitors, enhancing the patient experience and contributing to their well-being.
In addition to this, Linda also provides administration support for the Research Department at Sunshine Hospital, all while doing a science degree at RMIT.
“I want to share, from my heart, what I have and what I can do best to help others and assist anyone in need, such as supporting and comforting patients and sharing good moments,” Linda said.
“I’m always learning more and meeting new people, and it allows me to have great connections in my community.”
Western Health Community Engagement & Volunteers Manager Jo Spence said Linda is a great role model for all young volunteers and has played a huge role in encouraging other young people and families from her local Vietnamese community to be connected with the local health service.
“Linda is a very community minded and giving young woman. She is a real leader and a person who others feel very comfortable around,” Jo said. “Linda has a very giving spirit and truly just wants to help wherever it is needed.
“She understands the philosophy of volunteering and demonstrates this through her actions by listening to a patient’s story and becoming involved in their story, to selecting items from the opportunity shop for a homeless person in the Emergency Department in need of clothing, through to tin rattling at a fundraising event or assisting in the preparation of data for our research unit.
“This award is a wonderful recognition of Linda’s dedication and hard work. It is also testament to the fantastic Volunteer Program at Western Health.”