In our small but active non-profit group, where dedication and selflessness merge, an unsung hero exists whose unwavering commitment and tireless efforts have left an indelible mark on our organization. Eileen Forbes is Ottawa Ostomy Support Group’s Unsung Hero. The entire board would say that it is with great admiration that we describe this remarkable individual who embodies the essence of an unsung hero. 

For several years, our organization has been blessed with the presence of an exceptional volunteer who has devoted countless hours to its growth and success. At the heart of her contributions lies her role as the guardian of our monthly newsletter. With meticulous care and a flair for the written word, she diligently writes, edits, and expertly curates the content, ensuring that our supporters remain well-informed and inspired by the stories we share. Her passion for storytelling shines through in every carefully crafted article, capturing the essence of our organization’s mission and touching the hearts of our readers. 

Her involvement continues past our newsletter. This unsung hero is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to lending a helping hand at events. Whether it’s setting up, tearing down, or coordinating logistics, she is always at the forefront, ready to tackle any task with a smile. Her unwavering dedication is evident in the seamless execution of our events, creating an atmosphere of warmth and unity that leaves a lasting impression on attendees.  

Eileen has also recruited her family and friends to join the cause. She has inspired them to contribute their time and talents to the organization through her unwavering passion and influence. Their collective efforts have resulted in a stronger, more cohesive board working harmoniously towards our shared vision of positively impacting the community. 

Beyond her roles in the newsletter and event coordination, this remarkable individual takes on various other responsibilities on our board. Whether it’s brainstorming new initiatives, spearheading fundraising campaigns, or providing invaluable guidance, she consistently goes the extra mile. Her profound understanding of our organization’s goals and her innate ability to unite people create an environment of collaboration and collective achievement. 

Yet, despite her numerous contributions, our unsung hero remains humble and modest, never seeking recognition for her efforts. Her driving force is a genuine desire to make a difference, selflessly devoting her time, skills, and boundless energy to the betterment of our organization. Her unwavering dedication and ability to motivate and inspire others make her a true cornerstone of our group. 

In the eyes of a non-profit president, this unsung hero is a shining example of altruism, resilience, and unwavering commitment. Her impact is immeasurable, and the legacy she leaves behind will forever inspire those who follow in her footsteps. With the utmost gratitude and admiration, we honour her as an invaluable member of our organization, recognizing her as the unsung hero she truly is.  

Eileen Forbes was nominated for the Unsung Hero Award by the Ottawa Ostomy Support Group. For more information on Ostomy Canada’s Awards program, please visit: www.ostomycanada.ca/our-awards 

This article appeared in the Summer 2023 edition of Ostomy Canada Connects Newsletter.  

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