Kentwood LEC mentors, inspires youth

Kentwood Park

Kentwood Park

‘Lisa has the ability to bring these students out of their shells’

Ayla Lambert has drawn on the inspiration she needs to find herself, discover her career path and move out of province.

The Picton-area high school student credits her newly-discovered purpose to her experience at Kentwood Park and, in particular, her interaction with the long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), Lisa Mills.

“I’ve learned so much over the short time I’ve had at Kentwood about elder care as well as about myself,” writes Lambert in a note to Mills.

“Without this experience I wouldn’t have decided to go into human services, so thank you.”

Kentwood Park recently chose Mills as its Inspired Leader.

Mills began working at the Picton long-term care home in 1991 as a personal support worker. She became Kentwood’s LEC in 2009.

Since that time she has mentored many students from the local high school through their co-operative education placements at the home.

“Lisa has the ability to bring these students out of their shells and help them to set goals for themselves,” says Tina Cole, Kentwood Park administrator.

“Often the students are not doing well in school either socially or academically. Others are just looking for some work experience.”

Lambert has decided to enrol in college in British Columbia and says Mills was influential in that aspect and others.

“Thank you for giving me a job, the courage to go to B.C. for school next year and for setting me on the path to a life I am excited about.”

“You have supported me throughout my time as a placement student in the workplace as well as outside of it.”

In addition to Lambert, Brandy Simmons was a previous co-op placement student who had a positive experience at Kentwood. Simmons recently graduated from the social service worker program and is now employed full time as a life enrichment aide at the home.

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