New Burnbrae office manager comes from rich health-care background

Burnbrae Gardens

Annie Thomas’s career has been focused on helping others

Working in health care runs in Annie Thomas’s family.

Annie, who recently started a new job as Burnbrae Gardens’ office manager, worked for many years in the health-care sector in Toronto, including stints at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as well as at Toronto’s University Health Network, where she worked in research in seniors’ administrative support.

And she comes by her passion for health care honestly.

“My entire family comes from a health-care background. Both of my brothers are doctors, my sister-in-law is also a doctor, my mother was in the health-care field,” she tells The OMNIway.

But Annie says what drew her to long-term care more than anything else was the fact that she gives hands-on care to her elderly mother when she visits her in the U.S.

“When I roam the hallways at Burnbrae, it reminds me of my mom and it feels great to know that I can do this job,” she says.

One of the things Annie says she loves most about working at the Campbellford long-term care home is being able to positively impact people’s lives. Just spending a few minutes chatting with a resident who is lonely can make a considerable difference, she says.

Working in long-term care is a way to make a difference in the community, she adds.

“This is an aging population, and whatever you do makes a difference in the community, especially in the aging community,” she says.

April Faux, Burnbrae Gardens’ administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator, says Annie brings a wealth of knowledge to residents and staff members.

“Annie brings a lot of experience in health care (to Burnbrae Gardens), and we’re really happy to have her on board,” she says.

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