Burnbrae co-op student fits so well with OMNI’s culture, she’s been asked to interview for position

Burnbrae Gardens co-op student Leah Beaudoin-Powell (left) and resident Ilene Turpin (right) are seen here working on a puzzle.

Leah Beaudoin-Powell is ‘so awesome we wanted to have her as part of our team,’ says administrator

Co-op student Leah Beaudoin-Powell has been such a good fit at Burnbrae Gardens, the Campbellford long-term care home’s management team has asked her to interview for a summer job.

Leah, a Grade 11 student at Campbellford District High School, started her placement at Burnbrae Gardens in early February.

As part of her placement, Leah performs several duties at the home. These include doing residents’ nails, providing one-on-one programming, helping serve breakfast, folding laundry and assisting with residents’ physiotherapy classes.

She says her favourite part of her placement has been spending time with the residents.

“I’ve enjoyed getting to know the residents and getting to interact with them,” Leah tells The OMNIway.

Leah says she wanted to do her placement at Burnbrae Gardens so she could have experience working in a health-care setting. She is planning a career in health care. Leah says her plan is to enrol in the pre-sciences program at St. Lawrence College after she completes Grade 12, then take medical radiation and ultrasound courses after.

“That’s the direction I’m looking at going,” says Leah, who is at Burnbrae Gardens every morning, Monday to Friday.

Leah’s placement will end in June, but the Burnbrae Gardens’ team is hoping she can stay even longer, says administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux.

April says there is an opening for a summer position working in the home’s kitchen, so Leah was asked to interview for the job.

“She’s so awesome we wanted to have her as part of our team,” April says. “She fits with OMNI’s mission, vision and values. She’s caring, she’s great with the residents, and she’s a perfect candidate to work here.

“She’s not just a nursing student or an activity helper, she’s really versed in everything that she does.”

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