Riverview resident Robert Peltz honoured for commitment to residents, local community

Riverview Manor resident Robert Peltz holds his Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Sherry Baldwin, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Robert credits his fellow residents, for whom he has advocated, for making his nomination possible

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Robert Peltz has made his mark in the local business community and at Riverview Manor, and it’s for these reasons he has been named the Peterborough long-term care home’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, says administrator Mary Anne Greco.

Robert and his family own Restwell Upholstery, a well-known upholstery repair company in Peterborough. Robert moved into Riverview Manor in 2013 so he could be with his wife, Gertrude. When Gertrude passed away in 2016, Robert decided to remain at Riverview Manor.

Aside from his business leadership, Robert has long been active in his community and in his church. He is also active at Riverview Manor, Mary Anne notes.

“Robert has participated in advocacy for residents and staff at the home,” Mary Anne says.

“He has been active at our quality improvement meetings. Robert was also the instigator of the ice-bucket challenge at Riverview, and we all recall that day because there was a lot of money raised (for ALS research),” she adds, noting Robert also participated in a video about the Residents’ Bill of Rights that was made at Riverview Manor.

Robert is active in Riverview Manor’s residents’ council, often working with council president Donna Wilson to bring questions and concerns to the home’s management, Mary Anne says.

“They’re a dynamic duo,” Mary Anne says of Robert and Donna. “(Robert has) made a tremendous difference in the lives of all of our residents, staff and families, and we appreciate that.”

Robert says that while he appreciates receiving the award, it was the residents he works with who helped make his nomination possible.

“Much of the award belongs to the residents that have made meaning to (the award), by being helpful and understanding,” Robert says, adding his philosophy towards life has also been important.

“A smile goes a long way,” he says.

OMNI Health Care’s Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to people living in OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes who have demonstrated commitment to other residents, their home and country.

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