A ‘natural born leader,’ Wildwood Care Centre PSW honoured for her ‘residents first’ approach

OMNI director of western operations Aimee Merkley (far left) is seen here with Wildwood Care Centre’s 2017 Circle of Radiance award recipients. From left to right, Holly Williams (Inspired Leadership), Pat Hill (Lifetime Achievement) and Chiara Van Galen (Everyday Hero).

Holly Williams receives Inspired Leadership Award

For 27 years, personal support worker (PSW) Holly Williams has been what Wildwood Care Centre administrator Scott Walsh calls a “natural born leader” at the St. Mary’s, Ont., long-term care and retirement home.

“Holly would never … say that she is a leader, but her co-workers and the management staff see that differently,” Scott says in nominating Holly for Wildwood Care Centre’s Inspired Leadership Award.

Holly was presented the accolade at a ceremony during Wildwood Care Centre’s annual anniversary celebration week Sept. 18-22.

In his nomination, Scott says Holly’s colleagues are often asking her for input and advice, since the PSW has a wealth of experience working with residents and sits on several of the home’s committees.

“Her first priority is for the care and safety of the residents, and (because of her experience) she is utilized as an orientation trainer in the home to help ensure new staff members are trained with the same enthusiasm,” Scott says.

Other Wildwood Care Centre team members nominated Holly for this year’s Inspired Leadership Award.

Heather Smith, who received Wildwood Care Centre’s Inspired Leadership Award in 2014, says Holly is “always ready to help out fellow workers” and will often pick up extra shifts.

“Her attitude is always residents first,” Heather says.

OMNI Health Care’s Inspired Leadership Award is presented to staff members from each of the organization’s 18 long-term care homes. The accolade recognizes people who demonstrate OMNI’s mission, vision and values. Inspired Leaders also possess outstanding leadership skills and are committed to their work.

OMNI announced this year’s recipients of the Everyday Hero, Inspired Leadership and Elisabeth Hinton Memorial awards at the Quality Forum in Calabogie, Ont., in May.

Managers from OMNI’s long-term care homes were presented with the names of the award winners. Homes are presenting the awards during their own ceremonies.

Nutritional care worker Chiara Van Galen received Wildwood Care Centre’s Everyday Hero Award this year. The OMNIway will be featuring a story about Chiara in the coming days.

If you have a story you would like to share with The OMNIway, please contact the newsroom at e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.

If you have feedback on this story, please call the newsroom at e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.