submitted by Jane Adams
On July 12th, the sun smiled down on Dundas Manor as residents, families, staff, and community members came together to celebrate 45 years of caring. The afternoon included a Manor Market of wonderful auction items, a quilt raffle – and, of course, strawberries, ice cream, and birthday cake. And did we mention that Elvis stopped by to entertain everyone?
During the event, Staff Service and Commitment Statement Awards were presented to deserving Dundas Manor staff. The following staff members were honoured: Kayla Boisvert, Personal Support Worker and Ursula Lamoureux, Director of Care, for five years of service; Marj Milne, Registered Nurse for 10 years of service; and Crystal Dowson, Personal Support Worker, for 35 years of service.
A highlight of the day was the presentation of a 40-year Service Award to Dietary Aide Hennie Joldersma. It was presented by Anne Durant who hired Hennie four decades ago.
Two Commitment Awards were also represented to Personal Support Worker Virginia Tovell and Executive Assistant/Human Resources Lead Kate Grimes.
“We celebrated with staff members from five years to 40 years today which is so impressive! I am so proud of their dedication,” said Administrator Susan Poirier. “Special kudos are extended to our Commitment Award Winners for ‘exceeding expectations and pursuing excellence’ in all they do. They were nominated for this award by their peers. It was wonderful to have this large gathering of residents, families, staff, and our community after many years of being unable to do so.”
The day also provided an opportunity to look back on four decades and look forward to the new Dundas Manor which is slated to begin construction this fall. “For 45 years, Dundas Manor Long-Term Care Home in Winchester has helped to keep families together – even when they are living apart due to health challenges. Dundas Manor is warm and cozy – but also crowded and dated,” notes Cholly Boland, CEO. “We can’t wait to have another celebration in our new home.” A fundraising campaign is now underway. For details, visit www.dundasmanordream.ca.
Happy Birthday, Dundas Manor! We have so much to celebrate!