Volunteer Recognition Corner
Margaret Harrigan - LRH Volunteer
I was born March 7, 1929 at the old Littleton Hospital on Cottage Street. I was raised in Bethlehem as an only child. I had a very happy childhood with my many animals. I enjoyed working outside when I was younger with my dad. I went to Bethlehem School, which at the time had grades 1-12. After I graduated, I went to Keene Teacher College. I graduated in 1951 with an elementary teaching degree.
After college I moved to Connecticut with a college friend as the pay was better in this state. I taught first grade for 43 years. For the first six years I taught in Meriden followed by 37 years of teaching in Wallingford. Wallingford was a brand new school when I first started there. After I retired in 1994 from teaching, I came back home to New Hampshire where I started.
I was gone from New Hampshire for so long that I only knew a few people that I grew up with. After I retired I did some traveling for about ten years. I spent a lot of time traveling through Europe with my dear friend, June. My first trip was to Paris with June and Father Joe. After that, I realized how much I loved to travel. From there I traveled to Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Lisbon, France and England. After traveling for 10 years, I told myself that I needed to get out into my community more so I could meet different people.
Charron Sundman, a former Director of Volunteer Services at LRH, knew my family and me. We were talking one day and Charron said, "I should look into volunteering." Charron interviewed me at the old hospital and immediately offered to find me a volunteer position. During this time, there was another volunteer changing pictures in various rooms of the hospital. Unfortunately, this volunteer suddenly passed so Charron asked if I would be interested in continuing her job. I was hesitant to say yes but ultimately did so. In the meantime, an opening became available in the Gift Shop and Charron asked if I would like to work there as an alternative volunteer position. That is how I starting volunteering at LRH so many years ago.
After I started volunteering, I still did a lot of traveling. My traveling stayed within the United States with various travel groups.
When I started volunteering, I worked one day a week. Over the years I added days and currently volunteer three days a week - one day a week in the Gift Shop and two days a week in the Lower Atrium. Throughout the years at LRH I have volunteered in different locations, including Same Day Surgery for six years. I have met many people and have become good friends with many of them.
Throughout my life I always had Siamese cats. Ten years ago, my dog Phoebe came into my life. She is a Chocolate Lab. I cried tears of joy when she was given to me. Animals have always been my children. I currently have Phoebe and my Siamese cat, Annie, who is fourteen. Believe it or not, I am in the process of adopting two more Siamese cats.
I am very content and I never get bored. Between my "children" and my volunteer work, I live a happy and fulfilled life.