Gold-hearted volunteer awarded

  • Bill Bushnell, a Concord Regional Visiting Nursing Center volunteer, with his dog, Lola. Courtesy

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Concord branch of Bankers Life honored local resident Bill Bushnell with its Golden Beacon award, created to highlight individuals ages 50 and older who are making a meaningful impact in their hometowns through volunteerism. In addition to the recognition, Bankers Life is donating $500 in Bushnell’s name to Concord Regional VNA, a cause he supports.

Bushnell, 87, serves Concord Regional VNA as a hospice and bereavement volunteer with his dog, Lola, as part of the agency’s K-9 Comfort Program. He also leads mindfulness education groups for fellow residents at Havenwood-Heritage Heights and helps the staff plan meditation retreats.

“While Lola is often the center of attention, it is Bill’s gentle hospitality and quiet compassion that provide the foundation for many meaningful experiences for patients and staff,” said Lisa Challender, Volunteer Coordinator for Concord Regional VNA.

In addition to being at least 50 years old, Golden Beacon award nominees were required to have completed volunteer work within the past 12 months that directly benefited the local community.

“At Bankers Life, we take pride in supporting causes that are important to our customers, and we are delighted to recognize Bill’s commitment to bettering the community,” said Joe Veilleux, Regional Director and Branch Sales Manager of the Concord office of Bankers Life. “His dedication to volunteerism is inspiring and we’re proud to have this opportunity to recognize his great work for the causes he supports.”