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Northern Westchester names Lois Barker 2019 volunteer of the year

Northern Westchester Hospital.

A 13-year hospital volunteer gets recognition


Lois Barker, who has spent 2,000 hours volunteering for Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), was named 2019 Volunteer of the Year and received the Mary B. Robbins Beacon of Light Award at the hospital’s annual luncheon on April 12. 

Ms. Barker, a 60-year resident of Mount Kisco, has spent 13 years volunteering at NWH, where she creates calm and soothing photographic exhibits within the Twigs Healing Garden at the Cancer Health and Wellness Center. An exhibit of her work is currently on display in the Endoscopy waiting room, and over the years, her award-winning photographs have been displayed throughout the hospital.

What it means to be a volunteer

According to Ellen Muentener, Director of Volunteer Services, “Lois exemplifies what it means to be a volunteer. Her commitment to Northern Westchester Hospital and our patients and community is seen in her dedication to creating a comforting environment for all who visit or receive care here. We are so appreciative of her time and support of NWH.”

Ms. Barker and her late husband, David, who also achieved over 2,000 hours volunteering for NWH, have two children, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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