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Backgrounder - 2011 President's Award Recipients

Mary Helen Adams

2011 President's Award for Community Service

Mary Helen AdamsA physiotherapist in orthopaedic surgery at University Hospital, Mary Helen Adams has worked at LHSC for more than 20 years. For many of those years, she has also been a dedicated volunteer with The Arthritis Society.

Mary Helen has taken on a number of roles at The Arthritis Society, including a team captain and then community co-chair for their door-to-door campaign, as well as a committee member and co-chair of the Jewels and Jeans Gala. Dedicating significant amounts of personal time to these leadership volunteer roles, Mary Helen has been integral in raising more than $250,000 to support programs, education and research into rheumatoid arthritis.

Mary Helen has also helped to develop recruitment materials and processes as well as training, communication plans and recognition. One of her nominators, a colleague at The Arthritis Society, describes Mary Helen as a "dream volunteer," inspiring many other volunteers to become involved. Her spirit and dedication are also a daily inspiration to staff and clients of The Arthritis Society.

"Always quick to deflect credit to others, Mary Helen is described as an unsung hero who, in her own quiet way, makes a real difference in our community," says President and CEO Bonnie Adamson.



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