Every Tuesday, you can find John Coderre in the Physiotherapy Department at Almonte General Hospital, helping patients and staff. As a volunteer, John changes linens, cleans equipment, does some filing and helps out whenever he can. “It’s a busy job and it’s a meaningful job,” says John. “And they are great people.”
The Physio team agrees. “It is such an honour to have John volunteering in our department. His positive support and dedication enrich our environment,” notes Director Patti Morton.
Recently, others recognized John’s commitment as well. He received the Qualman-Davies Leadership Award from the Arthritis Alliance of Canada. The award recognizes individuals whose advocacy efforts support Canadians living with arthritis.
John has been a tireless spokesperson and advocate for those living with arthritis. For nearly 18 years, he was an active member of the Patient Partners in Arthritis, demonstrating muscular-skeletal exam techniques to hundreds of medical and health care students. He has also been a member of numerous Committees and Councils, participating in grant review panels, serving as a consumer advisor, co-authoring documents and supporting research at Western University. “It has been great fun. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting these bright young doctors and researchers,” John recalls. “Ultimately I would love to see a world free of arthritis.”
Since osteo-arthritis has taken away his ability to participate in some sports, John has taken up lower-impact ones such as swimming and cycling. He has been a member of the organizing committees for the Ontario provincial summer and winter senior games – even winning silver and gold medals at the games.
John and his wife Pat moved from London to Almonte about four years ago. His family has lived in Almonte for four generations.
“All of John’s work helps to ensure that the voice of Canadians living with arthritis is heard,” sums up Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO. “We are so pleased to have him as part of the Almonte General Hospital team. Congratulations John!”