Meet Susan –

Everyday hundreds of people walk through the doors of Stevenson Memorial Hospital, and if it happens to be a Wednesday, chances are that the first thing they’ll see is Susan Sparling’s warm, welcoming smile.


A member of the hospital’s axillary, Susan has been volunteering at the information desk, since moving to Alliston with her husband David in 2012.

“After working in dentistry for 42 years, I missed being around people,” says Susan on her motivation for volunteering with Stevenson. “I really enjoy showing people around. Sometimes I’ll take patients to their tests, to relax with a coffee in the cafeteria or to a quiet room for some privacy. I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the hospital and to see the exciting changes that are underway with the redevelopment.”

But above all else, it’s about helping others that Susan enjoys most.

“A little while ago, I took a young mother down to maternity to have her baby. She was coming in from the parking lot in a wheelchair and was in pretty intense labour. That was around 2:30 p.m. and just as I was about to leave around 4:00 p.m. I heard the lullaby playing over the speakers announcing that a baby had been born. That really touched me, it was pretty special.”

Thank you to Susan and to each and every one of staff, donors and supporters. It’s the care that makes our hospital so truly special and caring people like you make it all possible.