Suzanne MacDonald-Volunteer Spotlight

Suzanne MacDonald-Volunteer Spotlight

Suzanne MacDonald, is our resident Canadian, she started volunteering in November of 2013, when her husband transferred down to Duluth with Air Canada. She volunteers in the Gift Shop and is very enthusiastic about her responsibilities. Her duties involve serving customers, re-stocking, dusting and keeping the area clean and neat. She also gift wraps, delivers flowers and gifts to patient rooms and whatever is asked of her to do – even removing nail polish. During busy times in the deli, she helps and wipes off the tables. She enjoys being busy, helpful and contributing back to the community.

Suzanne was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and has spent time in Thompson, Manitoba – now that is cold, Sioux Lookout, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and now Duluth, Minnesota. She has been married for 27 years to Randy and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They have 5 grandchildren in Winnipeg, one in Grand Prairie, Alberta and one in Victoria, British Columbia. She tries to get up to Winnipeg every couple of months to visit her family and friends.

When her husband accepted the transfer to Duluth, she had to retire from a job that she loved for 30 years as the Executive Secretary at Reliance Products in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She, at that time knew nothing of Duluth, and was not sure what she was getting herself into. She kept hearing about how nice it was and it was warmer than “Winterpeg”. The first couple of months it snowed 5 ft. At that time, she really wondered what she was doing here, but since she started to volunteer at St. Luke’s, she found her place in Duluth and is really enjoying it.

Suzanne and her husband, try every winter to get away from the cold and visit the Caribbean islands. They have enjoyed holidaying in Antigua, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Greece and London England. This year they have decided to visit Hawaii and looking forward to this vacation.

Suzanne also enjoys gardening, reading, bowling and spending time with family and friends.

BELOW: Suzanne MacDonald, St. Luke's volunteer

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