Country Terrace Everyday Hero brings humour, compassion, commitment to work each day

Country Terrace LEA Rachael LeBlanc is seen here with her Everyday Hero Award. The award was presented to Rachael June 17 during a ceremony at the home.

Rachael LeBlanc ‘is always going above and beyond what is required, (and includes) everyone in the home’

Life enrichment aide Rachael LeBlanc always wanted to work with seniors, and her passion for working with Country Terrace’s residents shows in her work, says Christie Patterson, the Komoka long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

And it’s Rachael’s passion for her work and the strengths she brings to the table that helped her earn Country Terrace’s 2017 Everyday Hero Award. Rachael received her award during a ceremony at Country Terrace on June 17.

“She takes great pride in her work. She is always going above and beyond what is required, (and includes) everyone in the home,” Christie says of Rachael.

“Our Everyday Hero (awardee) is a caring and compassionate person. She comes to work every day with a smile and bounce in her step.”

In addition to being a much-loved team member in Country Terrace’s life enrichment department, Rachael also sits on the home’s joint health and safety committee and helps communicate the latest information from meetings to staff members working in all departments.

But what truly stands out is Rachael’s sense of humour, positive attitude and willingness to help others, Christie says.

“You always know where she is; just follow her laugh,” Christie says. “She embodies all of OMNI’s values on a daily bases through her commitment to the residents, family and staff of Country Terrace.”

The Everyday Hero Award is given out annually by each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes to recognize staff members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to residents and co-workers.

OMNI announced this year’s recipients of the Everyday Hero, Inspired Leader 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.

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