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Topic 21 - Posted October 18, 2018


October Volunteer Spotlight by Lindsey Bartelt by Lindsey Bartelt


Every week, the St. Camillus assisted living Recreational Therapy Manager, Laurie Stout, chooses a delicious recipe to make in “Kitchen Creations.” Kitchen Creations allows our residents to use their cooking skills to put together a recipe, and of course (the best part), they get to indulge in the final product! Lucky for us, we have 2 amazing volunteers that help run this activity and they have been nicknamed “The Baking Angels!” Malane Kunkel and Marilyn Biernat are wonderful additions to the St. Camillus team and bring so much joy to Kitchen Creations.


Marilyn started to volunteer with St. Camillus about a year ago and immediately took interest in helping with Kitchen Creations. Generally, Marilyn is always in the kitchen whipping up meals and experimenting with baking so this was definitely in her comfort zone! Marilyn expressed that her favorite part is interacting with all of the residents.


The more you talk to the residents, the more that they open up and start to share how they are doing. I love to learn about their lives; past, present and what they are looking forward to for the future.”

--Marilyn Biernat, Volunteer


Malane has been volunteering with St. Camillus for 4 years. She has dabbled in various opportunities such as helping the therapy department, joining the independent living walking group, events, and now, Kitchen Creations. Malane worked as a nurse in several assisted living and skilled nursing facilities and has found a passion working with the senior population. She is also a volunteer at the St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic in Waukesha and enjoys kayaking, hiking and hanging with family and friends. Malane thoroughly enjoys all of the St. Camillus residents’ and wants to give a shout out to Laurie, Recreational Therapy Manager for making this activity so enjoyable.


Kitchen Creations has become such a popular activity, not only for the mere fact that the residents get to enjoy a delicious outcome, but because we have Malane and Marilyn here. It is a perfect example that when we do small things with great love, it has such an insurmountable impact.  Thank you Malane and Marilyn—you both rock and we appreciate you!

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