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Hospice & Palliative Care Organization of Iowa honors Cedar Valley Hospice volunteers

October 11, 2018
Reinbeck Courier
Waterloo The Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Iowa (HCPAI) honored five Cedar Valley Hospice volunteers at its Recognition Ceremony on Sept. 21 in Ankeny. Steve Buckles and Steve Edwards were honored from Cedar Valley Hospice’s Waterloo site; Regina DeVries from the Waverly site; Donna Jensen from the Independence site; and Daphne Schlampp from the Grundy Center site. Steve Buckles – Waterloo Hospice Home Steve has been a tremendous asset to our organization, volunteering at the Hospice Home every Sunday morning. His kind heart has respectfully earned him the name, “Sunday morning Steve.” He is very reliable and goes above and beyond for patients, families and staff. Whether it’s sitting with patients, directing visitors or running to the grocery store to help our staff have the right ingredients for patients’ meal requests, Steve is always willing to help. With over 1,000 hours logged, Steve is an important asset to our hospice family. Steve Edwards – Waterloo Steve is a welcome comfort to many of our veteran patients, delivering our military quilts and certificates and getting patients to open up and talk. Steve also volunteers as our mascot, Quincy Koala, as part of our children’s grief program. Whether it’s participating in countless parades or Cedar Valley Hospice events, Steve’s compassion and enthusiasm inspires kids to share their feelings with Quincy. It’s a challenging assignment, but Steve says he is “honored” that he makes a connection and helps kids work through their grief. Regina DeVries – Waverly In a short period of time, Regina has become a stand-out volunteer helping with patients that are seeking more one-on-one care. Most recently, Regina dedicated her time to a non-verbal patient and another with mental illness. She takes what may seem like a difficult task and makes it her heartfelt mission. Regina amazes staff with her patience and tender approach and helps families to live our motto, Making Each Moment Matter. Donna Jensen – Independence Since her husband, Dale, was a patient, Donna was inspired by her volunteer to become one herself. Her positive attitude and deep compassion for her neighbors shows as she spends hours making phone calls to volunteers about upcoming events. Also an avid photographer, she attends our events to photograph and provide news articles to newspapers. She is a true advocate, marketing and spreading the mission of Cedar Valley Hospice. Daphne Schlampp – Grundy Center Daphne’s warming presence and her dedication to be of help to patients and families is unwaivering. Her empathy, dependability, generosity and willingness to go that extra mile never goes unnoticed. She also walks in the community parades and has recently joined Grundy Center’s Cedar Valley Hospice Friends Committee. For a full list of HPCAI’s 2016 honored volunteers, visit To become a Cedar Valley Hospice volunteer, call 800.626.2360.

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Cedar Valley Hospice volunteers recognized for their dedication and commitment include: Steve Edwards, Donna Jensen, Regina DeVries, Daphne Schlampp and Steve Buckles.



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